Broadcasting Legend Dick Clark Dead at 82
Veteran 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: