Heating up the Internet today is a legend who made his mark long-before the Internet was ever conceived. Dick Clark, host of “American Bandstand” and “New Years’ Rockin’ Eve,” passed away at age 82 of a massive heart attack. Innovative in his programing, he helped launch many big music entertainment names.
Clark began his media career in 1947 at a New York state radio station, and moved to Philadelphia station WIFL in 1952. When he started his broadcast in West Philadelphia, no one could have predicted how his program would create and build iconic brand exposure for musicians – so widely expected today by Internet savvy consumers.
Millions of fans and celebrities alike took to Twitter to mourn his passing and pay tribute to his legacy.
For many Americans, Dick Clark gracefully ushered in a new age of media, and remains a television and broadcast icon. Through “Bandstand” he launched the careers of countless musicians, and set the bar for television programming as we know it. Forever the marketer, he was quoted as saying, “I don’t make culture. I sell it.” His eye for talent and presence as a host will be missed.