Radio: Sermon on the Air

Ralph Edwards, who once taught Sunday school, thinks of his TV shows as sermons, and regards his millions of viewers as a congregation. But he is quick to add: "Of course, our prime target is entertainment." Last week, on This Is Your Life (Wed. 10 p.m., NBC), his sermon was a real shocker.

The idea behind the program is to dramatize the life of a living person. As exhibit A, Edwards brought on Lillian Roth, 40, a topflight torch singer of the Prohibition era, who cheerfully admitted that she had been a hopeless drunk for 16 years before being rescued by...

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