Broadcasting Legend Dick Clark Dead at 82

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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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Comments (23)

  • 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…

    Comment by Kaa – April 18, 2012 01:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My condolences to his family.

    Comment by Sue – April 18, 2012 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rest In Peace.

    Comment by Johanna – April 18, 2012 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s the end of an era.

    Comment by Emily – April 18, 2012 01:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on WWJW?.

    Comment by Christopher Jobes – April 18, 2012 01:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So sad, my birthday was on the same date (not year)..he will be missed!

    Comment by Pennagirl – April 18, 2012 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by sandee russo – April 18, 2012 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • American Bandstand, Pyramid and the New Year’s Eve countdown special, Dick Clark will always be a true pioneer on TV and beyond. RIP :-(

    Comment by bad kevin – April 18, 2012 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • RIP, Dick Clark. There will never be another like you.

    Comment by jdanknich – April 18, 2012 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • RIP, now heaven will have American Bandstand everyday.

    Comment by Boyer – April 18, 2012 02:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow, an institution is now gone. Actually, I thought he was older than 82. RIP Mr. Clark.

    Comment by meleliot – April 18, 2012 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “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.

    Comment by Linderella – April 18, 2012 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • RIP

    Comment by Renee – April 18, 2012 02:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is really sad. :(

    Comment by Calla Lilly – April 18, 2012 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Its sad day! Farewell mr. Clark…you will be miss..😔

    Comment by Jules – April 18, 2012 04:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by MM – April 18, 2012 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Lana – April 18, 2012 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • God bless his family and RIP.

    Comment by Danielle H – April 18, 2012 07:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can remember dancing to American Bandstand as a kid w/my best friend. Thanks for the memories Mr. Clark. RIP Dick Clark.

    Comment by Maddy – April 18, 2012 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by april-ann – April 18, 2012 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sad news. May he rest in peace.

    Comment by Angela – April 18, 2012 09:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wednesday was a dark day for the entertainment business. We’ll miss you Dick. RIP

    Comment by Julie (@CDNspnFAN) – April 19, 2012 06:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I send my condolences to his family and friends. New Years will not be the same without him. May he RIP.

    Comment by Cat – April 19, 2012 06:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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