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Datebook: January 25 – Guiding Light Debuts 75 Years Ago

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Guiding Light is an American television soap opera credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running drama in television and radio history, running from 1937 until 2009. It is also among the longest running broadcast programs in history of any kind, across radio media for 15 years, and then television media for 57 years, being first broadcast five days after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s second inauguration. The show’s title refers to a lamp in the study of Reverend Dr. John Ruthledge, a major character when The Guiding Light debuted in 1937, that family and residents could see as a sign for them to find help when needed. Guiding Light was created by Irna Phillips, and began as an NBC Radio serial on January 25, 1937. In 1947, the show moved to CBS radio. In 1952, it began airing on CBS television. It would continue to air on both television and radio until 1956. The series was expanded from 15 minutes to a half hour in 1968, and then to a full hour in 1977. Guiding Light aired its 15,000th televised episode on September 6, 2006.

It’s Wednesday, January 25

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network of Western Kentucky hosts a meeting for volunteers, pancreatic cancer survivors, caregivers, and supporters tomorrow night at 6:30. The meeting will be held in the Borders Community Room of the Lourdes Hospital Marshall Nemer Pavilion. All attendees are encouraged to wear purple. For more information, visit

The Pennyroyal Area Museum in Hopkinsville hosts a Russian Artwork exhibit through the end of the month. See stacking dolls, lacquered barrettes, a lacquered chess set, woodburning paintings, and more. The museum is located at 217 East 9th Street and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 and on Saturday from 10 to 3.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the 2012 Paducah Downtown Farmers’ Market, which will be held April 25 through November 21. Regional vendors can reserve a space at the farmers’ market for an individual day, a weekend, or the complete season. Register online at

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