Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fond Farewell - Dick Clark (1929-2012)

America's beloved TV legendary host, Dick Clark, has died at age 82. A New York native, Dick Clark began his long 67 year career on television and radio at just 16 years of age. He attended Syracuse University and began his career in radio. 

In 1956, Dick Clark became the permanent host of the popular television series "American Bandstand" which he hosted until 1989. In 1959 the show had a national audience of over 20 million viewers. The show ended its run in 1989. 

Dick Clark hosted a variety of television game shows including "The 10,000 Pyramid", which earned him 3 Emmy Awards, "The Challengers", and "Scattergories."

In 1972, Dick Clark produced and hosted his first "Dick Clark's New Years Rockin Eve broadcast in Times Square of New York City every year through 2012, with the exception of 1999 when a year 2000 special took its place and in 2004 when health issues intervened. 

A couple lesser known facts about Mr. Clark are that he held partial ownership in a chain of music-themed restaurants as well as few music themed theater-restaurants.

Dick Clark was well celebrated over his notable 67 year career. He appeared in over 15 television series, received four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, National Radio hall of Fame, Broadcasting Magazine Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.



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