A true television legend has died. Dick Clark has passed away from a massive heart attack at the age of 82.
Known for years as the “World’s Oldest Teenager,” Clark was well-known for his roles both in front of and behind the camera as the driving force behind Dick Clark Productions.
Richard Wagstaff Clark was born in Mount Vernon, NY and worked as a teenager in the mailroom of Utica’s WRUN-AM radio station. It was owned by Clark’s uncle and run by his father. He eventually became a weatherman and a newsman at the station.
After college, Clark secured a newscasting position in Utica and later moved to Philadelphia. There, he ended up taking over for the host of Bob Horn’s Bandstand, a show that featured local teens dancing to popular music of the day. Renamed American Bandstand, the show went national in 1957. It wasn’t long before record producers were trying to get their songs played on the show, knowing that they could become hits from the exposure.