Richard Wagstaff

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Not a first, but close! I knew this one! Enjoy your day!

May 01, 2018 04:18 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I grew up with Dick Clark... somehow had an inkling this is whom you were writing about once I got to the second paragraph.

May 01, 2018 04:34 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

Well I've never heard his previous names but grew up with Dick Clark too! Who could forget American Bandstand!

May 01, 2018 04:58 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. As a kid from Philadelphia, Dick Clark was a staple.

May 01, 2018 05:55 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Oh yes, I remember watching American Bandstand and Dick Clark was certainly someone that I would recognize.

May 01, 2018 06:04 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

As Dick Clark yes, by any other name no!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 01, 2018 07:34 AM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I was lucky living about a hour north of Philly I got on the American Bandstand twice, good oh days.

May 01, 2018 09:10 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

As a former radio personality in Portland, Oregon, I actually knew the rest of this story. D 

May 01, 2018 09:48 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is one of those stories those of us who live in CA knew, and now Ryan Seacrest who had Dick Clark as his mentor has taken his place so to speak.  A

May 01, 2018 11:06 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The man that always looked like a teenager was an integral part of my youth. I would give him a 95.

May 01, 2018 11:40 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- Oh yes, Dick Clark!  Look what he started!!!  And those in my age group grew up on his show. 

May 01, 2018 01:31 PM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - finally one I know.  My mother in law went to A. B. Davis a little before Dick Clark.

May 01, 2018 01:46 PM #12
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

New Year''s Eve Shows and learning how to twist....he was an Icon !

May 02, 2018 03:49 AM #13
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I find it admirable that he cultivated his passion from the start of his life. Thank you for sharing. 

May 02, 2018 04:14 PM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

And of course, I remember Dick Clark.  His program was so great! Lots of good memories, James.

May 03, 2018 02:50 PM #15
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Definitely he was a part of my life. American Bandstand and Dick Clark.

May 04, 2018 05:27 AM #16
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

A C-student can be President of America also.  Last time I saw him pushing a wheel chair taking care his Dad- Feorge HW Bush.

May 30, 2018 01:26 PM #17
Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

Thanks for sharing. I enjoy knowing these random factoids...makes me better at Jeopardy. In particular, I do enjoy knowing the birth names of "the famous". 

May 30, 2018 07:07 PM #18
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Good Morning,

I did not know "Dick Clark" was not his given name, but it seemed to fit him perfectly. I watched American Bandstand wishing I knew how to do those fancy dance moves. :-)  Dick Clark was ageless! Thank you for the story!


Feb 05, 2019 03:08 AM #19
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