Lange began his radio broadcasting career in the Twin Cities after winning an audition as a teenager.
He graduated from Saint Thomas Academy, going on to the University of Minnesota on a scholarship from the Evans Scholars Foundation.
Jim Lange (born August 15, 1932; died February 25, 2014) was a former American game show host and disc jockey.
He was particularly well known to listeners in the San Francisco and Los Angeles radio markets with stints at several stations in both markets, racking up over 45 years on the air.
"They wanted the boy to do sports and the girl to do the dances and stuff that was going on in the Twin Cities — very sexist — and play music once a week."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.
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."Lange 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.
The 1986 revival was hosted by Elaine Joyce for its first season and Jeff Mac Gregor for its remaining two seasons.
While still on-air at KSFO, he commuted to Los Angeles to tape the TV program.
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, Feb. (AP Photo/File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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.
Lange's network television career began in San Francisco with The Ford Show in 1962, where he was the announcer for, and sidekick to, host Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Three years later he would sign on to host The Dating Game.