by Chuck Dauphin, Nashville | May 03, 2012 3:15 EDT | Read on Billboard.com
The music universe is reeling due to the passing this week of Dick Clark at 82. Between his numerous television and radio credits, Clark enjoyed one of the longest entertainment careers of all time. While many obituaries today will (and should) focus on his ties to the world of rock and roll, there were many ties to country music that Clark enjoyed.
"My heart goes out to Dick Clark's family," country superstar Brad Paisley (pictured with Clark in 2004) wrote on Twitter. "What a life. Thank you for all you did, and your friendship. Now go get the music rockin' in heaven."
Starting his radio career after graduating high school in 1947, one of the first jobs Clark had was at WOLF while attending Syracuse. Though he would later become internationally known as the host of "American Bandstand," his first job in television was hosting "Cactus Dick and the Santa Fe Riders," a country music show broadcast on WKTV in Utica.
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