This would be his first hosting experience, and unfortunately unlike his Whose Line performance, his hosting here leaves much to be desired.
He comes off as an obnoxious prat instead of a good conduit and mediator for the show itself.
"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.
In his own words, he said, quote, “You don’t have to worry about lighting directors and cameramen or script writers and all that.
The landscape in Syndication in the mid 90s was one filled with Trashy Talk shows like Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake, Richard Bey, Sally Jesse Raphael and Jerry Springer.
I'm still torn on how to go about that one because while the format was cohesive enough, the set nice, and the host was ok, it just wasn't The Newlywed Game we were accustomed to.
But its sister show, The Dating Game also underwent quite a few changes as well. To start, we got Whose Line regular Brad Sherwood as host.
It aired on weekday afternoons and featured old movie serials such as "Buck Rogers" and "The Lost Jungle." Steve Iverson, a Twin Cities broadcast historian, said Thursday that he interviewed Lange last summer for a documentary on "Lunch with Casey" and other early Channel 11 kids shows. Paul youngster, Lange worked in the visitors' clubhouse at old Lexington Park, home of an earlier incarnation of the St. Lange reminisced about those days when he spent an inning in the broadcast booth at a Saints game during a visit to the Twin Cities in July 2005 to see his mother.
"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 at the broadcast museum 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.
It was also famous for having a lot of celebrity contestants BEFORE they became famous …like Farrah Fawcett, Tom Selleck, Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.