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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1962!
In 1944, Eternal Light premiered on the radio.  It reached its peak of popularity in 1962 and enjoyed a handsome following until it aired its final episode in the 70's. The show also spawned a television program of the same name that enjoyed nearly 20 years of success beginning in 1958.

Main Characters:

  • none

Show Concept:

  • Poems, narrations, and readings from such authors as Carl Sandburg and Abraham Lincoln. The first major use of broadcasting by an American Jewish religious movement began in 1944, when the Jewish Theological Seminary — the intellectual center of Conservative Judaism — inaugurated The Eternal Light, a half-hour radio series produced in conjunction with NBC. The series later debuted on NBC television in 1952 and lasted through the 1980s on both media.

Hosts or Guests:

  • Raymond Massey - reader, narrarator
  • Guest narrarators
    • Edward G. Robinson
    • Melvyn Douglas
    • Mel Ferrer
    • Ezra Stone
    • Marc Van Doren
    • Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
    • Walter Brennan
    • Ralph Bellamy
    • Eddie Cantor
    • Eli Wallach
    • Maurice Samuel
    • Joan Crawford

Writers or Producers:

  • unknown


  • unknown

Networks or stations:

  • NBC - Jewish Theological Seminary

Total shows or length of production:

  • 1,049 episodes aired
  • Premiered in October 1944
  • Final episode in the early 70's
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