First host dating game
“As much as he’s known for his television work, his real love was radio,” his wife said.“He loved doing local radio, especially before it was computerized.” Lange himself once told the Bay Area Radio Digest that his favorite aspect of the medium was that “you don’t have to worry about lighting directors and cameramen or script writers and all that.” “Good radio is still the most fun,” he said, “It always will be.Once it was picked, the person in question would reveal the reason behind the fact to the hopeful single.After a round of questioning, the bachelor/bachelorette chose their date.After that, the question round was conducted in its usual fashion, with the bachelor/bachelorette picking who they thought had the best personality out of the three.
The questions were designed by the show’s writers to elicit sexy answers. “They wanted a boy and a girl,” he said in a 1992 interview with the Bay Area Radio Digest.All three of the potential dates had their names revealed before the questioning started as well, something that wasn't done on any version of TDG prior.During a part of the first season, in addition to asking the questions, the bachelor/bachelorette got to see all three contestants at the outset of the game (who all had headphones on so they couldn't hear what their potential date was saying about them), and would pick who they thought was the best looking of the bunch.Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC’s “The Dating Game,” which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, charming audiences with his mellifluous voice and wide, easygoing grin. Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, appeared as contestants.Even a pre-“Charlie’s Angels” Farrah Fawcett appeared on the program, introduced as “an accomplished artist and sculptress” with a dream to open her own gallery.