Some very sad news today...legendary television/radio personality Dick Clark has passed away. He died of a heart attack following a surgical procedure.
Dick Clark was a broadcaster that everyone in media respected and greatly admired. He was a graduate of Syracuse University (my own Alma mater) and got his start in radio at WRUN in Utica, N.Y., as a teenage DJ only 17 years old.
Dick was probably best remembered for the groundbreaking tv show "American Bandstand." If you're a baby boomer, you grew up watching "Bandstand" with Dick. He hosted the show for an incredible 32 straight years, from 1957-1989. Later, you could always find him at the end of the year on Dick Clarks "New Year's Rockin' Eve." "Rockin' Eve" is another show that has been on for a long time...an amazing 40 years. Ryan Seacrest currently is the host, but Dick made his yearly appearance on the show to wish everybody a happy New Year.
Even at 82, when he died, Dick Clark looked many years younger than his age. His youthful appearance was a constant running bit with comedians, and with Dick Clark himself.
Dick Clark (1929-2012) will be greatly missed...
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