The original dating game

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Always in control, but with a soft enough hand to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable," "Charles in Charge" star Willie Aames, who appeared on "The Dating Game" in 1978, told TODAY.

The game show often featured aspiring stars as bachelors and bachelorettes. Paul, Minn., and discovered radio while still a teen after winning an audition at a local station.

He hosted a show for a few years before attending school at the University of Minnesota and then spent a few years as a Marine, the Bay Area Radio Museum noted in a 1992 interview with him.

He went into television in 1962 as an announcer and sidekick on "The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show," and stepped into the national spotlight once he joined "The Dating Game." He would go on to host more game shows, including "0,000 Name That Tune" and "The New Newlywed Game." After television, he moved back into radio as a DJ in Los Angeles and San Francisco before retiring in 2005.

Generally the bachelorette would ask a series of questions to each of the three hidden bachelors.Newlywed husbands and wives would take turns answering (often risque) questions while their spouses ...See full summary » This is The 1st Edition of the program.It first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Chuck Barris from the 1960s through the 1980s.ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.

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