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America’s Teenager Dick Clark Dies of Heart Attack

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Dick Clark has died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 82. Forever known as “America’s Teenager,” Clark was a shrewd businessman who built an empire from the country’s fascination with rock-n-roll in the late 50′s. Clark was born in Mount Vernon, New York but got his radio start in Utica at WRUN in 1945.

In recent year’s Clark was mainly known as the host of “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” broadcast live from Time Square.  He started that show in 1973.  Here are some of his other Television endeavors.

  • Clark took American Bandstand national in 1957. The show moved from Philadelphia to L.A. in 1964 and stayed on the air for another quarter century.
  • He hosted several game shows, most notably $10,000 Pyramid –which eventually grew to $100,000.
  • He created the American Music Awards to compete with the Grammys, and Dick Clark Productions also produces the Golden Globes, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Family Television Awards.
  • He and Ed McMahon hosted dozens of TV Bloopers specials throughout the ’80s.

Clark was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the non-performer category in 1993.

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