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A Look Back: Remembering Dick Clark

By ANDREW DONOVAN

(WKTV) - Dick Clark, the television legend who got his start at WKTV in Utica, died Wednesday at the age of 82.

Clark was known around the world most recently for his New Year’s Eve broadcasts of the past three decades and before that, for his “American Bandstand” broadcast.

Clark's Spokesman Paul Shefrin says he has died but did not provide further details. Some media outlets are reporting the cause is a heart attack.

Clark had continued performing even after he suffered a stroke in 2004 that affected his ability to speak and walk.

In the 1950s, Clark joined the staff of announcers at WKTV. His father was a disc jockey on a Utica radio station and the son wanted to avoid the name recognition factor, so he went by the name “Dick Clay.”

In 1951, Dick went to the station General Manager and told the boss that he'd been offered a radio job in Philadelphia, where he went on to start the nationally-known American Bandstand.

"American Bandstand" was part of ABC's daytime programming from 1957 to 1987, one of the longest running shows in history. Over the years, the show introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Michael Jackson to Madonna.

Clark moved to Utica after he attended Syracuse University.

The current staff at WKTV is beyond proud to be part of the station where Dick Clark got his start and to work in the studio he once did. He made some appearances, either in person or via live video, at some of WKTV's celebrations over the years.

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