WEEKEND - DICK CLARK'S ROCK ROLL & REMEMBER
How can you give an introduction to a man
that has done everything in the entertainment business like the legendary
Dick Clark? Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark was born in 1929 in New York. In
1945, he got his first experience working at a radio station that was
owned by his uncle and
managed by his father. He quickly worked his way up from the mailroom to
weatherman and news announcer.
1951, he began a long television career hosting a country music program,
while at the same time continuing jobs in radio, until becoming the fulltime
host of "Bandstand" in 1956. A year later, the program was renamed "American
Bandstand" and picked up nationally on ABC. "American Bandstand" is one of
the longest running television programs. It ran continuously on ABC until
1987, when the show moved to the USA cable channel until 1989.
remaining the host of "American Bandstand", Dick Clark kept busy hosting
many successful game shows. Most notably, "The $10,000 Pyramid", "The
$25,000 Pyramid", and "The $100,000 Pyramid". His versions of the popular
daytime gameshow won 9 Emmy awards for best game show. Clark himself won 3
Emmy awards for best gameshow host.
Dick Clark has also maintained a very
successful network radio career throughout the decades. He started
nationwide in 1963 with "The Dick Clark Radio Show". This show was produced
for less than a year and was only picked up by a dozen or so affiliates. But
Dick Clark's network radio career would do much better in the 1980's. He
started the successful "Dick Clark's National Music Survey" in 1981 as
competition to Casey Kasem's popular "American Top 40".
"Dick Clark's National Music Survey"
continued with Dick Clark as host until he left the Mutual Radio Network in
1986. Charlie Tuna took over hosting duties for the show and it continued
for a short time afterward. Dick Clark meanwhile jumped to another show,
"Countdown America", then later to the show "Dick Clarks US Music Survey"
which he continued hosting weekly under his own United Stations Radio
Network until his stroke.
for us, while hosting his popular new music weekly program, Clark also
hosted a program based on the music we all remember him so well for. He
started the oldies based radio show, "Dick Clark's Rock Roll & Remember",
back in 1982. The program continues to this day, and can be heard Friday's
beginning at 9am here on WQMA.