Thursday, October 30th — Soap Operas

October 30, 2008

Today I Learned…

…where the term “soap opera” comes from.  From Wikipedia:

The name soap opera stems from the original dramatic serials broadcast on radio that had soap manufacturers such as Procter and Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, and Lever Brothers as the show’s sponsors. These early radio serials were broadcast in weekday daytime slots when mostly housewives would be available to listen; thus the shows were aimed at and consumed by a predominantly female audience.

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