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Dick Clark’s Early Years in Broadcasting – The Central New York Connection [VIDEOS]

Dick Clark/Syracuse University Yearbook
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Even though Dick Clark was born in Westchester County, those of us in Central New York can claim him as a native son as his broadcasting career was launched here in the Mohawk Valley. His first broadcasting job came at Rome’s WRUN-AM. He also worked at WOLF radio in Syracuse and WKTV-TV in Utica. We scoured the internet archives to bring you some of Dick Clark’s CNY moments. The image above was taken from the Syracuse University Yearbook of Dick’s senior year as an Orangeman.

Dick Clark Appears at the Landmark Theatre



Clark returned to CNY in 1993 for this benefit gala featuring the starts of Syracuse media. The event raised funds for the upkeep of the Landmark Theatre.


This Is Your Life



Dick Clark appears on this 1959 edition of ‘This is Your Life.’ His parents discuss his upbringing in Utica. The Utica mention comes at the 4:15 mark.


Dick Clark Radio Show



This is audio from a promo for the Dick Clark Radio show from WOLF in Syracuse.


Dick Clark Discusses WRUN and WKTV



This interview was conducted by the Archive of American Television in 1999. He mentions his time at WRUN, which his father managed. He reveals his first time on the air when WRUN’s morning show host Danny Fusco had Clark help with the weather.


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