Back in 1954, Bob Horn started the local Philly dance show "American Bandstand". In 1957, Dick took it over and went national with it. Those were exciting times, because the studio was in a building in an inner urban neighborhood right by the El train. In 1964, WFIL TV moved out of the inner city and Dick took Bandstand to L.A., whereafter it was broadcast once weekly instead of the MTWTF daily it had been for a decade in Philly.
Like Ace says, it was a different time - one of more cohesion. Variety shows appealed to everyone, and excessive diversification hadn't de-centralized the common base of the public repertoire yet.
Dick represents a bygone era of hosting; in a different but parallel way, to guys like Jack Benny and Ed Sullivan.
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Last edited by johnofphilly; 04-18-2012 at 04:30 PM.