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What were the first radio soap operas?
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  1. A typical radio soap opera had a cast of characters that appeared in episode after episode, and the storyline continued through a number of episodes, with other plots and subplots woven into the story as it continued. The first radio soap opera broadcasts were also the first time programming was directed specifically at women. Some of the early radio soap operas included "Painted Dreams," "Woman in White," "The Guiding Light," (all written by Irma Phillips) and "The Stolen Husband," which was written by Anne Hummert. "The Guiding Light" ended up running for a total of 70 years, when its years on the radio and television are combined.

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