Dick Clark Has Passed On
April 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM (PT)
DICK CLARK, who began his career in radio before moving on to TV and producer fame with AMERICAN BANDSTAND, died today at the age of 82.
CLARK's agent PAUL SHEFRIN released a statement that confirmed CLARK died this morning following a "massive heart attack."
After graduating from high school in 1947, CLARK started as an office worker at WRUN-A/ROME, NY, which was owned by his uncle. He went to SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, where he also worked at Country WOLF-A, before returning to WRUN,where he used the name DICK CLAY. He then worked at WFIL/PHILADELPHIA, where he doubled his on-air gig with a job hosting a new afternoon TV dance show called 'Bandstand." The show was picked up by ABC-TV in 1957, which renamed it "American Bandstand." It ran until 1987, the latter years on the USA cable network.
CLARK also hosted Top 40 radio countdown shows in 1962 (which only lasted a year) and 1981 (for five years). He also launched a radio syndication group, the UNITED STATIONS RADIO NETWORK, (a.k.a. UNISTAR) before selling it to WESTWOOD ONE RADIO in 1994. Within a year, CLARK launched a new version of the USRN and hosted a countdown show, "The U.S. Music Survey,"until he suffered a stroke in 2004
Often called "the world's oldest teenager," CLARK also created a variety of TV game shows and music specials, including the AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS and "DICK CLARK's New Year's Rockin' Eve." More on his career here.
CLARK is survived by his wife KARI and his three children, RAC, DUANE and CINDY.