'Guiding Light' to celebrate 70 years


The daytime drama "Guiding Light" will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a year of volunteering.

The CBS show's cast and crew will kick off the effort in January, spending a week in the Gulf Coast to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. In conjunction with the volunteer organization Hands On Network, "Guiding Light" stars will take on service projects in a different city each month.

"Seventy years ago, Irna Phillips created `Guiding Light' with one fundamental theme in mind: the brotherhood of man," the show's executive producer, Ellen Wheeler, said in a statement. "We're hoping that this theme ... will motivate people to be the change they wish to see in their communities."

"Guiding Light" holds the Guinness World Record as the longest-running show in broadcast history. It debuted on radio in 1937 and moved to television in 1952.