Jim lange the dating game
But the funniest ones are the pre-fame celebrities, like Farrah Fawcett, Bob Saget, John Ritter and Phil Hartman. Let's say, if only for the sake of illustrating a point, that you are a writer, and that you've decided to write the story of a fellow who is living The American Dream.
It branched out, and now we've got oldies stations, "new" oldies, and we've got "golden" oldies; they're breaking everything down until there is just a hair's difference in what you're broadcasting. BARD: In spite of all the years you've worked in radio, you'll probably always best be remembered as the host of "The Dating Game." What are some of your fondest memories of that? And the fact is that the thing is kind of legendary now. I visited Howard and we had a little fun on his show not too long ago. I met my wife doing a show in San Francisco called "AM San Francisco." Actually, I met her while I was working for KSFO she came through as Miss America in 1961, I interviewed her and she disappeared from my life, I never saw her again until 1974 or 1975 when we met again on "AM San Francisco." BARD: What brought you back to Magic 61 and San Francisco? It finally worked out where something opened up at Magic 61.
LANGE: The best memories are working with the wonderful people who were on the show. I mean, you know you're legendary when you've been satirized by Saturday Night Live and Johnny Carson. BARD: You did not meet your wife on "The Dating Game," though. LANGE: What brought me back actually was a job offer. (Laughs.) There was just nothing opening up in the Bay Area. All my kids are up here, and all of Nancy's kids are up here, and it was just really painful to live down there, for that particular reason. They've made some changes and they're in the process of making some more now. I think they were a little narrow in their selection earlier on. Plus, you don't have to wear makeup and you don't have to shave.
Jim Lange was the original host of the show, appearing from 1965 to 1980.
He passed away this week at the age of 81 after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy tells the Associated Press. Lange, here are some of the famous faces who appeared on “The Dating Game.” Some were on because they were famous, like a young Sally Field, who was starring on “Gidget” in 1966.
My interest in radio was strictly announcing and sports, and I really didn't know what I wanted to do.
I listened to him and another fellow named Jack Thayer, who went on to become a big owner and programmer in New York.
We were watching these live television shows; it was the "Bell Telephone Hour" or something, and the announcer was up there dressed in a tuxedo and all he said was, "This is the NBC Television Network," and I asked the page how much the announcer made, and he said about 0. I always wanted to say (in deep voice) "This is the NBC Television Network." (Laughs.) BARD: Who would you say inspired you most to work in radio?
LANGE: There's a broadcaster back in Minneapolis, a fellow named Steve Cannon, who I used to listen to when I was thinking about becoming a DJ.
He landed a job at KGO Radio in January 1958, working the all-night shift, and then moved over to top-rated KSFO in January 1960 to become part of the all-star team (including Don Sherwood, Jack Carney, Del Courtney, Dan Sorkin and Al "Jazzbeaux" Collins) at the self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Radio Station." Hired for the afternoon show, Lange slipped into Sherwood's morning spot on occasion, when the self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Disc Jockey" was under the weather, under the table, or simply decided to retire for a stretch. grind finally wore on Lange and his wife, television personality and former Miss America Nancy Fleming, and they returned to the Bay Area in 1990, with Lange signing on to host the midday program at Magic 61.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating