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, playing host to many celebrity guests.
The first revival premiered in 1978 and ran until 1980, the second ran from 1986 until 1989, and the last ran from 1996 until 1999 with a season of reruns following.
Jim Lange hosted The Dating Game for its entire ABC network run and the 19 syndicated editions.
"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.
Plus, you don't have to wear makeup and you don't have to shave." Lange is survived by a sister, five children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.
Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Steve Martin were among the celebrity contestants who appeared on the show.
Lange also hosted other game shows including "0,000 Name That Tune." After leaving television he returned to radio where he worked until retiring in 2005.
Chuck Woolery took over in 1997 when the original format was reinstated and hosted for the last two seasons.
Beginning in 1966, The Dating Game was often paired with The Newlywed Game.
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.
"They wanted the boy to do sports and the girl to do the dances and stuff that was going on in the Twin Cities - very sexist - and play music once a week." He hosted that show for two years before attending the University of Minnesota and doing a three-year stint in the Marines, according to the Bay Area Radio Museum.
His big break on network TV came in 1962 when he was made an announcer and sidekick on "The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show." Later, after "The Dating Game" brought him national recognition, he also hosted the game shows "Hollywood Connection," "0,000 Name That Tune" and "The New Newlywed Game." Lang also worked as a disc jockey for decades in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, and upon his retirement from broadcasting in 2005, he was the morning DJ for KABL-FM, which specializes in playing classics from the Big Band era to the 1970s.