This Was Television On June 30

1952: Guiding Light moves to television

After 15 years on the radio, the venerable soap began airing on CBS Television. It didn’t stop airing until 2009—a combined 72 years of life, in one form or another, making Guiding Light the second-longest program in broadcast history. 

Even more impressive, it produced over 18,000 episodes. That’s nearly twice as many as The Tonight Show, more than two and a half times as many as Saturday Night Live, more than three and a half times as many as The Simpsons, and a staggering 9,000 times as many as Work It.  -A.D.

Today’s BirthdaysLizzy Caplan, comic caterer (30); Vincent D’Onofrio, L&O loose cannon (53); David Allen Grier, living colorer (56); Deirdre Lovejoy, Balmer prosecutor (50); Monica Potter, Parenthood parent (41).

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