GSN (Game Show Network) announced today that the network will pay tribute to legendary game show host Jim Lange, with a marathon of Lange’s most memorable episodes as host of THE DATING GAME. Jim Lange passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. The eight-episode marathon will air on Wednesday March 5th, from 8 am until 12 noon ET on GSN.
The Jim Lange Marathon will feature episodes of THE DATING GAME from the show’s original 1960s and 1970s runs on ABC and in syndication, featuring guests such as Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Tom Selleck, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steve Martin.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jim Lange started his broadcasting career at age 15 when he won an audition at a local radio station. He hosted a radio show for two years before leaving to attend the University of Minnesota and serving three years in the Marines. In 1962 he made his TV debut as the announcer and sidekick on “The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show.” He became a national star as host of THE DATING GAME, and also served as host of “Hollywood Connection,” “$100,000 Name That Tune” and “The New Newlywed Game.” After his retirement from television, Lange returned to his first love—radio—as morning DJ for KABL-FM in San Francisco