January 17, 1938: The radio soap opera Stepmother make its debut on CBS on this day and lasted for 15 years after. The show was starred by Francis X. Bushman who was an actor, screenwriter, and film director. Just like most of his contemporaries, he started his career as a stage actor and then eventually moved to filming in 1911. After his film career had faded, Bushman starred on a soap opera by the CBS radio entitled Stepmother . The show lasted for four years, from January 17, 1938 to July 10, 1942.