Dick Clark Dead at 82 'Massive Heart Attack'After graduating high school in 1947, Dick Clark started as an office worker at WRUN-AM in Rome, NY.
Almost immediately he was asked to fill in for the vacationing weatherman, and within a few months he was announcing station breaks. His quick rise may have been helped by the fact that his uncle owned the station, and his father managed it. By 1952, Clark was disc-jockeying at WFIL in Philadelphia, and subbed as host on a local TV show called Bandstand, with teenagers dancing to rock-and-roll records. Clark got the gig permanently when the show's first host, Bob Horn, was arrested for drunk driving. Bandstand went national as American Bandstand in 1957, and ran until 1989. Clark left the show in 1987.
Clark has hosted and produced dozens of TV shows,
from TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes to New Year's Rockin' Eve, ad nauseum. He also produced the Jack Nicholson LSD flick Psych-Out (1968), and authored Dick Clark's Easygoing Guide to Good Grooming. But it was rock and roll that made Dick Clark a millionaire, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
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