“He loved doing local radio, especially before it was computerized.” Lange himself once told the Bay Area Radio Digest that his favorite aspect of the medium was that “you don’t have to worry about lighting directors and cameramen or script writers and all that.” “Good radio is still the most fun,” he said, “It always will be.Plus, you don’t have to wear makeup and you don’t have to shave.” Lange is survived by a sister, five children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.
His big break on network TV came in 1962 when he was made an announcer and sidekick on “The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show.” Later, after “The Dating Game” brought him national recognition, he also hosted the game shows “Hollywood Connection,” “0,000 Name That Tune” and “The New Newlywed Game.” Lang also worked as a disc jockey for decades in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, and upon his retirement from broadcasting in 2005, he was the morning DJ for KABL-FM, which specializes in playing classics from the Big Band era to the 1970s.
“As much as he’s known for his television work, his real love was radio,” his wife said.
Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show “The Dating Game,” has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told The Associated Press Wednesday. Paul, Minn., where at 15 he discovered a passion for local radio after winning an audition at a local station.
Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC’s “The Dating Game,” which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade. Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, appeared as contestants. He hosted that show for two years before attending the University of Minnesota and doing a three-year stint in the Marines, according to the Bay Area Radio Museum.
Though it only ran two years on NBC and four years in syndication, the show is still remembered for its wacky spoof of the talent show format.
He introduced the amateur contestants dressed in colorful clothing with odd props, with judges Jamie Farr, Jaye P.
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Publicist Paul Shefrin, speaking on behalf of Barris' family, confirmed to the Associated Press that the self-proclaimed "King of Daytime Television" died at his home in Palisades Park, N. Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Charles Barris had a hardscrabble youth after his dentist father died of a stroke, leaving his family destitute.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for Cheryl Bradshaw, a contestant on the 1970s incarnation of “The Dating Game.” She won a “date” with convicted rapist and registered sex offender, Rodney James Alcala.
Host Jim Lange introduced Alcala as a “successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed.” Thankfully, Bradshaw refused to go out with Alcala, calling him “creepy.” Alcala is now on death row in California for his conviction on five murders counts.
Game show nostalgists everywhere were dealt a crushing blow Tuesday when Jim Lange, the original host of “The Dating Game,” died at the age of 81.