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Guiding Light takes place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield. In its early years the stories centered on the middle class Bauer family, but later the wealthy Spauldings, Chamberlains, and Lewises, along with the working class Reardons and others, took their own places of prominence, though the Bauers remained the heart of the show. Written by
"The Guiding Light" began on radio, on 25 January 1937, and originally revolved around a minister named Rev. Dr. John Ruthledge (played by Arthur Peterson) and his congregation in Five Points, IL. At 68 years (although on radio it was cancelled by NBC, five times: 1939, 1941, 1942, 1944 and 1946; with audiences having huge letter writing campaigns to have NBC revive it and then was picked up by CBS in 1947), it is the longest running drama series in history. It was on radio and television (the actors/actresses had to perform scripts twice during the day), from June 30, 1952 to June 30, 1956. It is also the only broadcast show to actually be on three networks, NBC would split in two in 1946 (NBC and what would later become ABC; and "The Guiding Light" was on both versions of NBC: NBC Red and NBC Blue) and then went to CBS where it has stayed to today. It also has changed location three times, from 1937 to 1946 it was in Five Points, IL (a fictional suburb of Chicago), then it moved, from 1947 to 1965 to Selby Flats, CA (a fictional suburb of Los Angeles) and then finally to its current location of the fictional Springfield, Illinois in 1966. See more »
Susan, I don't know whether to hug you or strangle you.
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I have watched Guiding Light for 45 years. My mother started watching when it first started. The story lines have been great. Between Reva and Joshua's ups and downs. I hope they find their way back to each other. It would be great if you could bring back Danny and Michelle. Michelle is a great asset to the show. Also, Ed Bauer added a great touch to the show. Jonathan and Tammy belong to each other. I was glad you finally put them together. Sandy needs to move on. As far as Alan Michael coming back, I find it very strange that he is making moves on Marina, when he was married to her mother years ago. Not a good move. Please writers, keep the show going. I don't want another talk show in the on daytime TV.
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