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AFTRA Says Farewell to 'Guiding Light'

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 18, 2009)—The following is a statement from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) on the airing of the last episode of the AFTRA-covered daytime drama "Guiding Light" today.

"Today, we bid farewell to the longest running daytime drama in history, 'Guiding Light.' After more than 72 years on the air — first on radio, then on television — 'Guiding Light' will shine no more. This ground-breaking program has provided steady employment, wages and benefits for thousands of AFTRA performers and other union members working in the entertainment and media industries.

"As the show's trademark lighthouse dims one last time today, AFTRA members join the world in celebrating the contributions this award-winning program has made to entertainment and to the jobs and lives of countless union workers whose talent and dedication elevated 'Guiding Light' to its iconic status.

"On behalf of the 70,000 members of AFTRA, we salute 'Guiding Light' and its cast and crew."