Known as Americas oldest living teenager, Dick
Clark was born on November 20, 1929 in Utica, New York. As a teenager,
he became an office boy and later announcer for local station WRUN.
After graduating from Syracuse University, he became a news anchor
at WKTV/Utica. He moved to Philadelphia in 1952 to work for WFIL
radio and television.
Clark was hosting a record-hop program on WFIL in 1956 when he
was asked to take over a local television show called Bandstand.
The following year, Clark convinced ABC to carry the show nationally.
The show gave national television exposure to future music legends
like Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis. Eventually, American
Bandstand became television's longest-running music/variety
Clark is the founder and a director of the United Stations Radio
Networks, who distribute more than 50 hours of weekly radio programming
to nearly 3000 radio stations. In recent years, he has hosted the
nationally syndicated radio shows, Dick Clarks Rock,
Roll and Remember, Countdown America and Dick Clarks
Music Calendar. Clark also appears on television as the host
of Dick Clarks Rockin New Years Eve.
Dick Clark was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.
Dick Clark passed away on April 18th, 2012.
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