Broadcasting Legend Dick Clark Dead at 82

Dick Clark DeadVeteran TV and radio personality/producer Dick Clark died on Wednesday, after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 82.

Clark long carried the nickname “America’s Oldest Teenager” after debuting American Bandstand in 1957. The music/dance showcase, hosted by Clark, ran daily through 1963, then went weekly.

Clark is also well-known for his eponymous TV fête, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, which he hosted every year since 1972 save for two occasions, including the first NYE following his late-2004 stroke. Since 2005, he continued to appear on the countdown special, with American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest assuming the bulk of hosting duties.

Clark’s other TV contributions include the hosting of game shows such as Pyramid (and some of its later incarnations) and the creation of dick clark productions, where he served as chairman and CEO.

On radio, Clark in 1981 founded Dick’s Clark’s National Music Survey, which for six years aired as a direct competitor to Casey Kasem’s own Top 40 show. Clark rebooted the countdown program under a tweaked title in 1995, and hosted it until his stroke in 2004. His longest-running radio series was Rock, Roll & Remember, which ran from 1982 to 2004.

Clark collected multiple Emmys over the course of his long career, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.

Watch Ryan Seacrest pay tribute to Dick Clark and Bandstand at the 37th Daytime Emmy Awards:

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  1. Kaa says:

    He’ll be missed. It won’t be the same without him on New Year’s. Always remembering his traditional kiss with his lovely wife…

  2. Sue says:

    My condolences to his family.

  3. Johanna says:

    Rest In Peace.

  4. Emily says:

    It’s the end of an era.

  5. Pennagirl says:

    So sad, my birthday was on the same date (not year)..he will be missed!

  6. sandee russo says:

    The TV landscape will never be the same. Condolences to his wife (they were married for 35 years) and his three children. RIP Mr Clark, you were one of a kind.

  7. bad kevin says:

    American Bandstand, Pyramid and the New Year’s Eve countdown special, Dick Clark will always be a true pioneer on TV and beyond. RIP :-(

  8. jdanknich says:

    RIP, Dick Clark. There will never be another like you.

  9. Boyer says:

    RIP, now heaven will have American Bandstand everyday.

  10. meleliot says:

    Wow, an institution is now gone. Actually, I thought he was older than 82. RIP Mr. Clark.

  11. Linderella says:

    “We’re goin’ hoppin’, we’re goin’ hoppin’ today / Where things are poppin’ the Philadelphia way / We’re gonna drop in on all the music they play / On the bandstand” (thank you, Barry Manilow). Dick Clark’s American Bandstand after school in the 50s and 60s was part of the soundtrack of my life and he was a uniquely American icon. Back in the day it was school afternoons filled with Martha and the Vandellas, The Shirelles, Bobby Vinton, Dion and the Belmonts, and so many more thanks to the culture-savvy Clark. Who from the era doesn’t remember new music scores based on how danceable a song was? Rest in Peace, Mr. Clark. Keep turning those 45s as you join those you made famous in heaven. You will be missed.

  12. Calla Lilly says:

    This is really sad. :(

  13. Jules says:

    Its sad day! Farewell mr. Clark…you will be miss..😔

  14. MM says:

    As a tween, I was a fan of Bandstand when Bob Horn ran it, and I was watching the day Horn was busted and Dick Clark was rushed in as his replacement, his very first day. Who could have known what that would lead to! I was a devoted viewer of Bandstand and American Bandstand all through my school years, and much more recently I got a kick out of the Dick Clark production American Dreams which was a spot-on (well, almost spot-on) re-creation of those Bandstand days. Linderella, you and me both!

  15. Lana says:

    He will be missed as I missed American Bandstand and we all knew he had a painting hidden as in Dorian Gray cause that man never aged!!! Thank you, God for giving us this wonderful man.

  16. Danielle H says:

    God bless his family and RIP.

  17. Maddy says:

    I can remember dancing to American Bandstand as a kid w/my best friend. Thanks for the memories Mr. Clark. RIP Dick Clark.

  18. april-ann says:

    He certainly made a mark in the field he loved. RIP Mr. Dick Clark. Long may your legacy of professionalism reign. Now, I love you guys here at tvline, but please choose being professional over being hacks. Please change in the third paragraph from “has continued to appear” to “had continued to appear”. And please change in the fifth paragraph from “Clark reboooted the countdown program” to “Clark rebooted the countdown program”. It would be so much more respectful if you could do that. Thank you.

  19. Angela says:

    Sad news. May he rest in peace.

  20. Wednesday was a dark day for the entertainment business. We’ll miss you Dick. RIP

  21. Cat says:

    I send my condolences to his family and friends. New Years will not be the same without him. May he RIP.