Thursday, January 01, 2009


Dick Clark has long been a mainstay of American television. Many know him as the central figure in 'American Bandstand' for many years. But with his 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' on ABC, the long-time network host has endured for nearly four decades.

Clark began his year-end tradition on December 31st, 1972. His broadcast offered a cultural counterpoint to Guy Lombardo, who was a favorite of older generations. A stroke in 2004 slowed his pace and temporarily forced him to the sidelines. But he has continued to appear on the program since then.

Ryan Seacrest, known for his association with American Idol, joined Clark as co-host and producer in 2005.


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