Keeping up with the Guiding Light Alumni

This blog will now aim to keep you up-to-date on what is going on with the former GL cast members as they explore new horizons. Many of the stars you loved are involved in new projects, some in the genre, some on stage, while others have ventured on to something completely different! This blog is written and maintained by Tracey and Mike. If you have information you wish to submit for publication please contact one of us and we will consider your request!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Ron Raines from Opera to Soap Opera

'Guiding Light' star Ron Raines will play here in 'Night Music'

Ron Raines' career has been unorthodox, he admits. "I've sat on both sides of the fence." By that, he means he's sung opera and starred on a soap opera.

"I guess I was one of the first crossover people," he muses.
Read more here.


The Guiding Light Fan Club weekend is no more, but several events will still take place in New York City during Columbus Day weekend. One will be the annual rock concert for the American Red Cross of Greater New York. Hosted by Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer, OLTL) and featuring the Bradley Cole Band with guest performances by Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne, GL), Ron Raines (Alan Spaulding, GL), Michael Park (Jack Snyder, ATWT), Mandy Bruno (Marina Cooper, GL), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman, ATWT), Robert Newman (Josh Lewis, GL) and many more Stars of Daytime to be announced!!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010
7:30pm - 9:00pm
American Red Cross Headquarters in New York City
520 W. 49th St (Between 10th and 11th Ave.)
New York, NY

Tickets availabe online at


Laura Bell Bundy (ex Mara) made her Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, May 21, 2010. Bundy released her country album Achin' and Shakin' earlier this month.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Ron Raines, Robert Newman and Frank Dicopolous Appear at YWBCF Event in Pittsburgh

On Sunday May 16, 2010 over 400 guests participated in the 5th Annual Spring Fashion Show and Gala benefiting the Young Women's Breast Cancer Foundation in Pittsburgh. The YWBCF reaches out to younger women who are striken with the disease and offer support as well as information.  Guiding Light's Frank Dicopolous emceed the event along with KDKA's (The CBS afiliate out of Pittsburgh) Brenda Waters.

Ron Raines and Robert Newman were on hand to perform during the event along with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Orchestra's cast of Nunsense and many young performers entertained the crowd.

Monday, May 3, 2010

9 After 7 Productions Invites You to Sign Up for Newsletter

If you have already pre-ordered your copy of La Lumiere from 9 After 7 Productions, but you have not signed up for their Constant Contact newsletter we invite you to stop back and visit the official 9 After 7 home page and sign up. You simply have to place your email address in the block and click "Go." Confirm it on the next page and you will be included in all future mailings. Beth told me yesterday she hopes they will be prepared to send something out later this week.

Don't forget to tell your fellow GL fans about the project. There are many fans out there who are not on the Internet who have not yet heard the news.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Grant Aleksander Reflects

Well its May 2nd and I just read Beth Chamberlin's post. It really makes me sad to think of all those things being auctioned off like so much anonymous junk. To those of us that worked on the show those things combined to create the physical world we inhabited for so long. And they changed you. You stood a little taller when you were in the Spaulding Study. Your shoulders relaxed and you breathed a little easier as you strolled into Company and slid into one of the booths or propped yourself up on a stool at the bar. When I came back to the show last year the first thing I did was to walk around the sets. Memories flooded over me and I could literally feel myself returning home to Springfield. When the show wrapped I asked to have the fireplace seat and andirons from the Spaulding Study. Countless times over the years I had sat on them or kneeled before them speaking to one of my kids or Beth or, in the old days, being lectured to by Alan . They will always bring back wonderful memories to me. They're now in my study in Virginia from where I sit writing this. Its not all an illusion. Those of us who worked on the show for a long time feel a very strong connection to all of those things.
But beyond the physical things that helped create Springfield even more important was the connection that we all felt to each other. And still feel. Thats why a group of us have come together to form 9 AFTER 7 Productions. We're trying to find a way to continue to be able to work together and produce the kind of  stories that we think fans of our show and others will continue to enjoy. The entertainment industry may be changing but peoples appetite for stories that emphasize family, friends and human relationships have not. We hope you will all give your support to our first project "La Lumiere." You'll see the faces you remember and the kind of stories and relationships you've come to love over the years. You can find us at We hope to see you all there!
Grant Aleksander

Saturday, May 1, 2010

With "Guiding Light's Last Breath, New Life is Born

By Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth Raines, GL)

It is May 1, 2010 and in just about four minutes, at 11:00 am, they will be selling off the last of “Guiding Light”.  At the Navy Yard in Brooklyn, “Guiding Light” will take its last breath.  Painful to many of us who worked on and watched the show. 

“Guiding Light” had something special.  It brought people together, not just those of us that worked there, but families, friends.  Mothers, daughters, granddaughters watched and then talked about this show.  It represented a tradition and opened conversation between generations.  Friends were made by a common interest in a particular storyline.  Relationships were formed across the miles. People who would never have met became the best of friends; relationships that had suffered a rift, were mended. Yes, there was something special that was lost in the new world in which soaps and television in general finds itself.

But take heart, hope does exist.  There is a new light that is trying to break through.  This light is in the form of a production company called 9 After 7.   I am a part of this group and what we are attempting to do is create a ‘new kind of light’.  We want to give the fans what they lost.  We want to give them the people, the couples and the type of stories they loved.

Today, May 1, 2010, at 12:01 am we launched our website and announced our first project.  The fact that we commenced our new venture on the day that the last of “Guiding Light” was auctioned off to the highest bidder was not planned, not by us.  I believe there is something in the stars.  I believe we are all, cast, crew and fans alike being given a second chance.

Our first project is a full-length, direct-to-dvd feature.  Its title is “La Lumiere”, which many of you know is French for light.  I created it and coincidentally it is about a place, an inn where magic happens; a place where stars align and love and life are found. . .or lost.  It is a place where past and present often mingle as one.

That is sort of what 9 After 7 was formed to do.  Take the best of the past, those wonderful stories that brought us together and offer them through the new forms of media, technology and marketing that are available.

It will be a new kind of light.  It will come in the form of DVD’s that fans can buy and have shipped to their homes.  But, the most wonderful thing about this new venture is that it can never be canceled or auctioned off as long as there is interest.  In this venture, the fan is the boss, the fans are ‘The Powers That Be”.

It is May 1, 2010, it is a new world and we have embraced it.  We are creating a new paradigm of consumer driven entertainment tailored to the soap fan.  We don’t know exactly where this new road will take us, but we do know it is worth traveling. 

9 After 7 is offering a pre-release Limited Edition Director’s Cut of the movie, “La Lumiere”. Our company’s website is