Richard Wagstaff was born in Mount Vernon, New York back in 1929 to Richard and Julia. He attended A.B. Davis High School where he was an average student. When he was 10 he had already made his mind up on what he wanted to do to earn a living. He attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, graduating in 1951 with a degree in advertising.
He worked at WOLF-AM and went by the name of Dick Clay. He later became operator of 1440 KPRO in Riverside, California. In 1952, he moved to Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania where he was a disc jockey at WFIL. From there he went into television. So, does the name Richard Wagstaff sound familiar, or for that matter Dick Clay?
While both names may not strike a chord how about Richard Wagstaff Clark or his second stage name of Dick Clark. That’s right Richard Wagstaff Clark is none other than Dick Clark. He was the man who brought us American Bandstand for 30 years. During the lifetime of the show it featured over 10,00 live performances by artists making them rock & roll legends. I can remember watching the program many times, what about you? He died in Santa Monica, California in 2012 at 82. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face and a penny in your pocket