Monday, March 16, 2009


Long before Ed Schultz and Shadoe Stevens became national celebrities on radio, others from North Dakota had already achieved star status through this popular medium.

In the 1930s, ’40s and early ’50s, radio was the way most people in North Dakota received their daily information and entertainment. Celebrities born in North Dakota played leading roles in almost every phase of radio broadcasts during the years radio ruled supreme.

Soap operas: Arthur Peterson of Mandan became a superstar of daytime radio when the popular series “The Guiding Light” debuted on NBC on Jan. 25, 1937. Peterson played the lead role of the widowed Rev. John Ruthledge, who ministered to his congregation at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Five Points, Ill.

The complete article, here.

The PGP Classic Soaps Blog tribute to Peterson, here.

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