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.
"We met up at the Pavek Museum [of Broadcasting] last summer," said Iverson, who runs the "Lunch with Casey" and "Minnesota Kidvid" websites. He also recalled appearing at Excelsior Amusement Park with Casey Jones [Roger Awsumb] and Wrangler Steve [portrayed by Cannon]." Al De Rusha, who was floor director on "Captain 11," also caught up Lange last summer and recalled Thursday that "the guy never changed. An accomplished golfer, Lange attended the U on the Chick Evans Scholarship through the Western Golf Association.
"He talked about the start of his career at WMIN, which later became WTCN and now KARE. He studied radio and television speech, with a minor concentration in journalism, graduating cum laude in 1954.
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.
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.
Lange was also known to television viewers as an announcer and host of several game shows, including the long-running The Dating Game. 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, had a fatal heart attack Tuesday at his home in the Bay Area community of Mill Valley, Calif. After moving to California early in his career, Lange eventually 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.He played host to many celebrity guests on the show as they laid the foundation for their fame as entertainers, among them Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Farrah Fawcett.The show's format: A young man or woman questions three members of the opposite sex, hidden from view, to determine which one would be the best date.The questions were designed by the show's writers to elicit sexy answers. The destination for the lucky couple appearing on the July 4, 1967, segment was Minneapolis during Aquatennial festivities.The show's signature signoff was Lange and the contestants lined up, leaning back and throwing a big smooch at the camera.