*On Tuesday, January 18, 2011 WRVS Program Director Gregory V. Lange passed away just two days after his birthday. He was 56. Greg was a native of Los Angeles who grew up in Watts.
He began his radio career in 1976 as a music librarian. He then segued into on air positions in Classical, News, Talk, Sports, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop and Gospel radio.
Passion, preparation and opportunity posed a dream job for Greg who thrived at Elizabeth City, North Carolina’s WRVS-89.9 FM (on the campus of Elizabeth City University) from 1989 to the time of his sudden death.
While at WRVS, he was a four time recipient of the Hampton Roads Black Media Professional’s Excel Award, he was the host of the “PM Cruise” from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and he waged a charismatic campaign to represent the station’s best interest at all times. Mr. Lange worked tirelessly through station upgrades, a renovation from a 1996 fire and various format changes. WRVS is a public supported NPR affiliated station which also airs The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI.
Greg took the on air name of Greg “Sampson” because he jovially admitted that “Lange” (pronounced with a soft G) proved to be a challenge for some of his new comrades; but Lange is a name that he wore well. Both he and his brother (actor Ted Lange) were much admired in Hollywood. While Ted won audiences hearts on the TV classic The Love Boat before emerging as a premiere director; Greg bore a burning and shameless desire to succeed in broadcasting. He was a people person, a charmer, a friend and a man who loved what he did and he was a credit to his profession. Greg Lange was proud to serve on WRVS, the station known as the “Voice Of The Community.” For those that knew him, he was the “heart” of the community as well.
Brother Ted Lange and Greg’s daughter Aleshia Lange have shared their sentiments via Greg’s Facebook page, which is now filled with echoes of his wonderful life and the broken hearts that he has left behind.
There is currently no official statement on the cause of death. Many prayers and massive support is extended to the Lange family at this time.