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Dick Clark Americas oldest teenager Dick Clark was the son of a sales manager for radio stations He got a job as a mailroom guy for WRUN in 1945 eventually getting promoted to weather man Clark majored in business administration at Syracuse University New York He got a part-time job a disc jockey for the universitys student radio station Dick Clark Biography Clark became a substitute host for the Bob Horns Bandstand for WFIL in Philadelphia before becoming the full-time host in 1956 Dick Clark Biography In 1957 Clark was recognized by ABC and turned his show into the American Bandstand They would do lip-synched performances interviews and a rate-a-Record segment that attracted the teen population Clark made a dress code for his show that helped to establish the shows wholesome appearance Dick Clarks Biography In the 50s Clark got into the music publishing business He would do interviews with record companies publishing houses and management groups Clark was accused of a payola scandal Because of Clarks personal investments he was forced to sell his shares for in the companies in question Dick Clark Clark tried to say he was unaware performers in whom he had interests had received disproportionate play on his programs Dick Clark Biography Clark came out on top from the investigation and was able to continue his show that switched from week day airings to only Saturday in 1969 Clark moved to Los Angeles where he started Dick Clark Productions Game shows and variety programs were the main focus of Clarks Productions He created the American Music Awards which was created as a rival against the German Awards Dick Clark Biography In the 70s Dick started a New Years Eve special that aired every year The broadcast happened in time square and would go until the countdown started Clark was not able to appear in the 2004 because of a stroke which partially paralyzed him Clark returned to his TV
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