After college, he served in the Marines for three years, then moved to San Francisco and made his Bay Area radio debut as "The All-Night Mayor" on KGO.
He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife, Nancy, told the Associated Press Wednesday.
Paul's Jim Lange, who rubbed broadcast elbows with Casey Jones and Steve Cannon before seizing fame as the original and best-known host of the legendary "Dating Game" television show during the 1960s and 1970s, has died. Thomas Academy and the University of Minnesota, died Tuesday from a heart attack at his home in the Bay Area community of Mill Valley, Calif. Lange's broadcast career in the Twin Cities was launched after attending an audition on a dare as a teenager to do the sports and be a disc jockey on a local radio station.
"They wanted a boy and a girl," he said in a 1992 interview with the Bay Area Radio Digest.
on 'The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show' " starting in 1962 as the announcer and Ford's sidekick.
Three years later, Lange rocketed onto the daytime game-show scene as host of ABC's "The Dating Game," which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared through the 1970s, charming audiences with his mellifluous voice and wide, easygoing grin.