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Guiding Light

Soap Opera
30 June, 1952
Guiding Light

Guiding Light is an American radio and television soap opera. It is listed in Guinness World Records as the second longest-running drama in television in American history. Guiding Light aired on CBS for 57 years between June 30, 1952 and September 18, 2009, overlapping a 19-year broadcast on radio between January 25, 1937 and June 29, 1956. With 72 years of radio and television runs, Guiding Light is the longest running soap opera, ahead of General Hospital, and is the fourth-longest running program in all of broadcast history; only the American country music radio program Grand Ole Opry, the BBC religious program The Daily Service, the CBS religious program Music and the Spoken Word, and the Norwegian children's radio program Lørdagsbarnetimen have been on the air longer. When the show debuted on radio in 1937, it centered on Reverend John Ruthledge and those people's lives that revolved around him.

Genre Soap opera
Created by Irna Phillips and Emmons Carlson
Written by Christopher Dunn, Lloyd Gold, Jill Lorie Hurst, David Kreizman, Tita Bell, Kimberly Hamilton, Rebecca Hanover, David Rupel, Donna Swajeski, Ellen Weston, Brett Staneart, Casandra Morgan, Penelope Koechl, David Smilow, Gillian Spencer
Directed by Bruce S. Barry, Joe Cotugno, Rob Decina, Matthew Lagle, Brian Mertes, Adam Reist, Robert Scinto, Jo Anne Sedwick, Susan Strickler, Ellen Wheeler, Karen Wilkens
Starring Series cast
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons NBC and CBS: 19 (radio), CBS: 57 (television, includes four years on both TV and radio), Total: 72
No. of episodes NBC: 2,500 (radio), CBS: 15,762 (radio & TV), Total: 18,262
Executive producer(s) Lucy Ferri Rittenberg (1952–75), Allen M. Potter (1976–82), Gail Kobe (1982–86), Joe Willmore (1986–89), Robert Calhoun (1989–91), Jill Farren Phelps (1991–95), Michael Laibson (1995–96), Paul Rauch (1996–2002), John Conboy (2002–04), Ellen Wheeler (2004–09)
Producer(s) Producers, Alexandra Johnson-Gamsey, Maria Macina, Jan Conklin, Christopher Cullen, Janet Morrison, Coordinating Producer, David Brandon, Associate Producers, Jennifer Weeks, Amanda Glattstein
Location(s) Chicago, Illinois (1937–47), Los Angeles, California (1947–49), New York City, New York (1949–2009)
Running time 15 minutes (1937–68), 30 minutes (1968–77), 60 minutes (1977–2009)
Production company(s) Procter & Gamble Productions (1952–2008), TeleNext Media, Inc. (2008–09)
Original network NBC Radio (1937–46), CBS Radio (1947–56), CBS (1952–2009)
Picture format NTSC (480i)
Audio format Mono (1956–87), Stereo, CBS StereoSound (1987–97), Digital Stereo (1997–2009)
Related shows Another World

About Guiding Light

Starting as a radio program in 1937, the show follows the town of Springfield, specifically, the Bauer family.

Achievement of Guiding Light

It holds the Guinness World Record for longest-running drama on television, having run for 57 years. The show won the Outstanding Daytime Drama Series at the Day Emmys in 1980.

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Latest information about Guiding Light updated on July 28 2021.