Dick Clark

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    Ahmet Ertegun Award
Dick Clark


He curated the soundtrack of the American teenager’s life.

As the charismatic host of American Bandstand, Dick Clark gave rock bands national exposure, stood up against censorship and spread the gospel of rock and roll.

Hall of Fame Essay


Jerry Blavat

The story of our friend Dick Clark begins November 30, 1929. 

He is born Richard Wagstaff Clark in upstate  New York, lives with his family in Mount Vernon. That changes when  he gets a call from his brother inviting him to come up to Utica and become sales manager of radio station WRUN. 

This is Dick’s first taste of what radio is about. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1993
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Dick Clark was the bridge between radio and TV



Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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