Jim Lange Dies At 81
February 27, 2014 at 3:59 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of JIM LANGE, the longtime SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES radio personality best known nationally as the host of "THE DATING GAME," who died TUESDAY (2/25) of a heart attack in MILL VALLEY, CA at 81.
LANGE, a ST. PAUL, MN native, arrived in SAN FRANCISCO as overnight host at KGO-A, then spent 23 years at KSFO-A starting in 1960. While hosting at KSFO (with a brief move to KMPC-A/LOS ANGELES in 1970-71), he became announcer and sidekick on ABC-TV's "TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD SHOW" in 1962, then host of "THE DATING GAME" in 1965-1980.
After leaving KSFO in 1983, he rejoined KMPC; later, he hosted at KFRC-A (MAGIC 61) and KABL-A. He also hosted several more game shows over the years.