America’s Oldest Teenager Dead at 82

Richard Wagstaff “Dick” Clark passed away today at the age of 82 from a massive heart attack. The longtime host of American Bandstand began his career in radio after graduating high school in 1947, working his way up to the coveted position of disc jockey.  His first TV job was as the host of a country music program, Cactus Dick and the Santa Fe Riders. In the mid 50’s he took over as host of Bob Horn’s Bandstand in Philadelphia, the show was picked up by ABC in ’57, and Dick’s first interview on that first national telecast was Elvis Presley. American Bandstand ran until 1989, featuring performances from most of KZOK’s roster of classic rock artists, .

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