5. His first wedding was broadcast over the radio

Van Dyke was wed to his first wife, Margie Willett live on a radio program called Bride and Groom. The show offered romantic hopefuls a free ceremony and various prizes in exchange for the live broadcast and post-service interviews.

"We were too broke to get married, but a radio producer offered to pick up the tab and send us on honeymoon if we got hitched on his show," Van Dyke told The Guardian. "So in 1948 we exchanged our vows in front of a minister and two radio microphones while 15 million people listened."


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