Oldest TV music host Song Hae dies at 95

Guinness World Records is saddened to learn that Song Hae (South Korea), the oldest television music show hostdied on June 8, 2022, at the age of 95.

Veteran artist Song Hae introduced the TV show national singing competition for 34 years.

Song Hae’s record was confirmed at the age of 94 years and 350 days on April 12, 2022.

Born in 1927, he began his acting career in 1955 by joining the Changgong musical troupe. He hosted the national singing competitiona variety show on KBS Channel 1, from 1988 to 2022.


KBS aired special reports honoring the late Song Hae, including a memorial documentary about his life.

Song Hae took a month-long hiatus from hosting duties in March due to COVID-19 and returned to the stage after recovering.

In an exclusive interview with the late national television icon in May 2022, he shared how happy he felt to have reached this incredible career milestone.

“It’s extremely good. I feel like I’m on top of the world,” Song Hae said.


“I think it’s a reward for my long-term commitment to broadcasting to be named the world record holder. I would really like to thank everyone and share this joy with people around the world.” – Song Hae, May 2022


Song Hae’s passion for his work has extended beyond fame and recognition. He distinguished the national singing competition as his driving force and motivation to keep working until the very end.

“Everyday people and viewers are a source of strength to maintain my passion for work,” Song Hae said.

“I have met people from all walks of life over the past 34 years through this program. I laugh and cry with them.”


SongHae and KBS Chairman and CEO KimEuiCheol

For so many years, the show’s contestants and viewers are what kept him going, and he loved meeting and talking with contestants and listening to their background stories during rehearsals.

Even in his old age, Song Hae was extremely hardworking and diligent. He went to the filming location of the program a day in advance to gather local information, soak up the atmosphere and memorize his script.

On the day of filming, he was still on set at seven o’clock in the morning for preparation, although the program was not taped until one o’clock in the afternoon.

There were always unexpected situations that weren’t on the script, but he thought such surprises were the fun of the show.

In an entertainment career spanning nearly 50 years, Song Hae hosted more than a thousand episodes of the National Singing Talesyouand brought smiles to many more faces.

This beloved national icon will live on in the hearts of the show’s fans and contestants.

Our thoughts are with Song Hae’s friends and family during this difficult time.

Javier E. Swan