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A Profile of Radio Personality Dick Clark

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Dick Clark

Dick Clark

Courtesy of ABC-TV
Personal: Dick Clark was born Richard Wagstaff Clark on November 30, 1929 in Bronxville, New York. He died April 18, 2012 at age 82

Radio & Television: Clark's first radio job came at 17 with WRUN in Utica, New York where he was both a weatherman and news announcer. He attended Syracuse University and after graduation, took a job as a TV anchorman at WKTV.

In 1952, Clark moved to Philadelphia and began a DJ job on WFIL.

WFIL had a sister TV station with the same call letters. On it was a show called "Bob Horn's Bandstand ". The show played the most popular songs with a backdrop of teens dancing. Clark was a regular substitute on the show and in July, 1956, Horn left and Clark became the regular host.

After its success there, the show was syndicated on ABC and the name was changed to "American Bandstand".

Clark's good fortunes enabled him to invest in the music publishing and the recording industry. But, in the late 1950s a "payola" scandal hit the music and broadcasting businesses. Clark, among many others, was called to testify in from of the United States Senate during an investigation.

Dick Clark was not charged with any illegal activities. But, afterward, ABC forced Clark to sell off his publishing and recording interests.

Clark still had many ties to Radio and was host for many years of Dick Clark's Rock Roll & Remember, a weekly 4-hour show syndicated by United Stations Radio Network.

From his humble radio beginnings to great successes in television including shows like "The 10,000 Pyramid", "The 25,000 Pyramid", and "TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes", Dick Clark has entertained America for decades.

Clark was also known for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve which he began on television in 1974. Ryan Seacrest joined the broadcast in 2005.

Awards: Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame, Distinguished Service award from the National Association of Broadcasters, 6 Emmys, 1 Grammy and the Lifetime Achievement Award

Online: Dick Clark's official website is www.dickclark.com.

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