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Emmy Awards to salute TV icon Dick Clark

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MUMBAI: US television industry icon Dick Clark will be at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Conan O'Brien, on 27 August 2006. Clark among other activities produces the Golden Globe Awards.

Clark began his entertainment career at the age of 17 at WRUN Radio in Utica, New York. After graduating from Syracuse University with a bachelor of science in business administration, he became a news anchorman at television station WKTV. In 1952, he moved to Philadelphia to work for WFIL Radio and Television. Four years later, he became the host of the local television station's show, Bandstand.

In 1957, Clark founded Dick Clark Productions and convinced ABC to carry the show nationwide. Within weeks American Bandstand was the US' highest-rated daytime show. American Bandstand holds the record as television's longest running music/variety programme.

It has earned many awards and honours, including two Emmy awards. The show also served as the foundation upon which Clark rose to national fame and built a multi-faceted entertainment company which produces shows like So You Think You Can Dance, The American Music Awards and The Golden Globe Awards.

Since his breakthrough with American Bandstand Clark has gone on to host many special broadcasts including the annual Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve specials, the Bloopers series and specials, and numerous retrospective specials centered around his history-making American Bandstand television series. Clark is also well known for his live behind-the-scenes interviews at events like the Golden Globe Awards.

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