According to The Inquisitr on Dec. 29, Dick Clark, the man who made New Year’s Eve on television a special event, will be honored this New Year’s Eve, eight months after his death.
Dick Clark, “America’s oldest living teenager,” spent more than 50 years on television. And while he is known for “American Bandstand,” a big part of his TV legacy is “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” The show began in the 70s and Clark hosted it faithfully, even continuing to appear after a 2004 stroke.
In his honor, ABC will air a two-hour Dick Clark tribute show at 7 p.m. eastern time on Monday, Dec. 31, followed by the actual countdown show at 9 p.m. ABC summarized the special.
“The special celebrates, through clips and reminiscences, the legendary television personality and producer who rang in the New Year for four decades and launched and nurtured the careers of countless artists. Ryan Seacrest makes a special appearance.”
Over the years, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” made a lasting impact on many, Akron Beacon Journal writer Rich Heldenfels being one of them.
“I am of the generation that remembers when New Year’s Eve was Lombardo on CBS and Ben Grauer announcing from Times Square on The Tonight Show — and what a change it was when Clark began putting rock and contemporary pop on that night. I admired Clark’s indomitable determination to come back to Rockin’ Eve after his stroke; his presence was a reminder that a stroke may slow you down, but it doesn’t necessarily stop you. And even if he had trouble speaking, you could see the enthusiasm in Clark’s eyes. I checked in with him every subsequent year, and I will visit the tribute special on Monday — if only for a last goodbye.”
Dick Clark’s name will carry on with the show he created. The show will be forever known as “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.”
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