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Dick Clark

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Decades before Fox, the WB and Nickelodeon targeted the 12-17 set, Clark owned the teenage crowd. Clark took the Philadelphia dance show “Bandstand” and turned it into the national institution “American Bandstand” — which ran on ABC from 1957 to 1987. For the first six years of its run, “American Bandstand” aired every afternoon — a rock ‘n’ roll antidote to the “Mickey Mouse Club” fare that had generally been fed to young viewers.

For years, the youthful Clark was nicknamed “the world’s oldest teenager,” but his reach extended to the gameshow arena (“The $25,000 Pyramid”), award shows (American Music Awards and the Golden Globes) and reality (“TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes”). Then, of course, there’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Clark has ushered in the new year since 1972, save an illness last year.

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