Thursday, January 1, 2009

Dick Clark

I’m sure many of you are looking at this blog through bleary eyes this morning. And many of you either watched a little bit of Dick Clark last night, or have countless memories of New Year’s Eves spent with “America’s Oldest Teenager.” Dick Clark has been the face of the New Year since the premier of Dick Clark’s New Years’ Rockin’ Eve debuted in 1972. But why does that get him a spot in Heroesofcapitalism?

Clark started as a DJ in Philadelphia in 1952. He was a common guest host of a music themed show called Bob Horn’s Bandstand for several years. When Bob Horn left the show, Clark took over and the show became American Bandstand. It was picked up nationally shortly thereafter and Clark became a household name. But fame alone is not enough to get you mentioned on this site.

Clark is honored here for what he has done with this fame. He expanded his fame with work on numerous radio programs, and in 1973, he made the leap from famous person to entrepreneur and businessman with the creation of the American Music Awards show. After the success of the AMA’s, Clark began producing more and more shows, many of which he starred in, rolling his interests together into a production company called Dick Clark Productions. Dick Clark Productions is heavily involved in producing television shows. One of their early hits was TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes, but they are still a player today. The popular show, So You Think You Can Dance, is a Dick Clark Productions endeavor. But the production company also is involved in other ventures, like numerous rock and roll themed restaurants, movie theatres and the licensing of all of the images from Dick Clark’s career.

Clark's career was far-reaching; at one point his was involved in so many projects that he starred in and produced hit shows on all three major networks simulataneously. Clark used a little bit of fame and charisma, combined it with a strong work ethic and a few good ideas and turned it into a multimedia empire that recently sold for $175 million. Clark is a true entrepreneur and, in my opinion, a Hero of Capitalism.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Entry
Clark Bio

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