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    In our 'Guiding Light' News Room, Soaps.com keeps you up-to-date with the latest Soap Opera news on the net. We also feature interviews with the soap stars, as well as local appearances by the actors and actresses.

    Happy 57th Anniversary Guiding Light!

    Tuesday, June 30 2009

    Today, June 30, marks the 57th anniversary of Guiding Light's presence on TV. Back in 1952, it made the leap from being a radio series to becoming television's first soap opera. Episodes only ran fifteen minutes then, but the organ music which would become synonymous with the genre was already present. Check out this sample clip from the show's first year TV on CBS.



    Although this anniversary is overcast with the sad fact that it will be the show's last, it should also serve as a reminder of just how extraordinary its run has been, of how much it would change over time and how it would rewrite the rules of the genre it created.

    Just for fun, here's a full episode from 1953.





    For more glimpses back at the history of the show, you can check out this article and the special anniversary episode that aired two years ago.

    Soaps.com sends our congratulations to Guiding Light, to the many people who worked so hard to bring it to the air everyday and the millions of people whose lives have been affected by it and who have made it an important part of television history.


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by bigmama2x at Tuesday, June 30 2009 06:41 AM

    you cbs of guilding light you maid a bad move bye doing this, it should of never end, its bad it said me me sick. to see what your doing to them all.thec show willbe missed, i hope there sone one out there to pick them up.dont let it stop.

    Posted by merrymary at Tuesday, June 30 2009 07:06 AM

    Wow, did I enjoy these segments of the GL. You have brought so many good memories of my mother and I sitting and watching the story every day at 12:45. We watched the Secret Storm first, and then the GL. Where did those 57 years go? The last day of the GL will be and end of an era for me. Thanks, for the memories!

    Mary, a fan for over 6 years

    Posted by GLandWT at Tuesday, June 30 2009 07:36 AM

    Thank You GL.

    I used to hear my mother talk about GL. Some of my earliest memories are Bert/Bill, Hope/Ed/Mike/Leslie, when Rick's name was Frederick; Josh/Reva/Sonny.... I would watch during the summer and holidays.

    If GL is to end, I applaud you and the cast for 72 wonderful years. Thank you for sharing and entertaining us thus far. Over the many years, light was shed on many topics - some unpopular at the time (AIDS/HIV; Diabetes/leg amputation, etc.). I don't think any other soap will last that long.

    It said the expected life span of man is "three-score plus 10 (70 years); and if by a measure of faith, four-score (80 years)". GL has surpassed man's life expectancy by 2 years. Again, I say "Thank You" for the memories.

    I'll hate to see you end, but there is life/memories after GL... Blessings to the cast.

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