Dick Clark has Studio Named in his Honor at Syracuse University

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Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 08:42 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Syracuse University is naming a renovated broadcast studio on campus after the late radio and television personality, Dick Clark.

The announcement was made in New York on Wednesday by the school where Clark graduated in 1951 with a degree in advertising and minor in radio.

Syracuse University had recently received a $5 million donation from Clark's family to renovate the studio, which is part of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

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Renovations, which are scheduled to be done in September 2014, reportedly cost $18 million in total.

When it was originally constructed in 1974, the studio was a state of the art facility, the Associated Press reported.

Over the years, however, the studio has apparently fallen behind in some technological areas, putting the university's students at a competitive disadvantage says Dean Lorraine Branham. Among the many renovations, each production studio and classroom will be fully digital, according to Branham.

After graduating from Syracuse, Clark went on to become a radio and television producer and host for the next 60-plus years.

For older Americans, Clark is most remembered for hosting "American Bandstand," which debuted nationally in 1957, for 33 years.

For more than three decades, Clark's guests were the musicians that defined a generation's music, from Elvis Presley in the late 1950s to Michael Jackson in the late 1980s, and everyone in between.

Clark's ability to appeal to younger people, who enjoyed Rock 'n Roll, while not turning off their parents, was not lost on his audience.

In addition to showcasing the popular music of its day, Clark's American Bandstand also introduced many a young artists to their first national audience, including: Johnny Cash, Smokey Robinson, Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Wonder, Chubby Checker, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, and Simon and Garfunkel among others.

In 1972, Clark produced and hosted Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, which featured an array of musical performance while he and guests counted down the Times Square Ball as it dropped at midnight.

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In 2005, after suffering a stroke, Clark began cohosting the show with radio personality and television host and producer, Ryan Seacrest.

On April 18, 2012, Clark died in Santa Monica, Calif. from a heart attack. He was 82.

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