In an interview I did with Ryan Seacrest back in the early days of “Idol,” he had very specific ambition: to emulate Dick Clark on camera and behind the camera.
Sadly, Clark has died of a heart attack. He was 82. TMZ broke the story and the news has been confirmed by other outlets.
Clark is truly a pop culture institution. He was the perpetually youthful host of “American Bandstand” and various incarnations of the game show “Pyramid.” His nickname: “America’s oldest teenager.” As a producer and host, he turned “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” into an annual rite and turned “Bandstand” into the go-to place for pop music fans.
He was always calm and collected, the consummate host who never overshadowed the stars. He brought top 40 music to the masses in a way that didn’t offend the parents and gave many an artist much needed TV exposure before MTV and the Web took over. Sure, acts