Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’ legacy lives on — in Philadelphia

Early Wednesday, before news of Dick Clark’s passing rippled across the Internet, Gawker posted an item heralding the arrival of a teen dance television show revival currently taking place in Philadelphia — the same city where Clark’s iconic “American Bandstand”(simply called “Bandstand” back then) got its start back in 1952.


View Photo Gallery: Dick Clark, a television host who sold rock-and-roll to America on “American Bandstand” and counted down the new year with millions of TV viewers, died Wednesday after a heart attack. He was 82.

The show is called “Dancin’ on Air” and its back on the airwaves after an initial run from 1981 to 1987. The show features Philadelphia-area teens dancing to current pop hits each Saturday morning on local MyNetworkTV affiliate PHL17. The “Dancin’ on Air” Web site curiously trumpets the show as “the hottest reality lifestyle music dance and interactive entertainment.” Who are we to argue?

With Clark’s death at the age of 82 on Wednesday, and the passing of “Soul Train” host Don Cornelius earlier this year, we lost two pop icons whose television shows helped teach America how to dance. It’s nice to see a 21st century TV show following in their steps.

Check out the Gawker item to watch clips from the show.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about summer songs, festival fatigue, metal drumming and D.C. rap star Shy Glizzy.
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