Today in Soap Opera History (June 30)

1952: The Guiding Light premiered on CBS television

after 15 years on the radio."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

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1952: Popular CBS radio soap opera The Guiding Light, on the air since 1937 (originally on NBC Radio), made its television debut on CBS-tv. The original television cast included Theo Goetz, Jone Allison, Lyle Sudrow, Charita Bauer and Helen Wagner. In the episode, Meta lamented to her sister Trudy that she

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