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American Bandstand

 
 
American Bandstand Photo, Click for full size
By Stephen Nazigian, February 27, 2012
1. American Bandstand
Inscription. This television program had a major impact on the music, dance, and lifestyles of American teenagers. “Bandstand,” a local show, began in 1952. Dick Clark became host in 1956, and on August 5, 1957, “American Bandstand” debuted on the nationwide ABC network. Until 1964 the show was broadcast from WFIL-TV here. This 1947 building was one of the first designed and constructed exclusively for television productions.
 
Erected 2002 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 57.503′ N, 75° 12.742′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Market St 0.1 miles east of 46th St, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Yellow brick building is marked, The Enterprise Center, and has a large (20 feet) satellite uplink antenna on the roof. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4548 Market St., Philadelphia PA 19139, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976) (approx. half a mile away); Laura Wheeler Waring (approx. 0.6 miles away); Herman Herzog (approx. 0.6 miles away); Freedom Now Rally (approx. 0.6 miles away); Paul Philippe Cret (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Woodlands (approx. 0.8 miles away); Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (approx. 0.8 miles away); Crystal Bird Fauset (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
Home of American Bandstand Photo, Click for full size
By Stephen Nazigian, February 27, 2012
2. Home of American Bandstand
West Philadelphia, alongside the Market Street elevated train line.

 
Regarding American Bandstand. During the golden age of rock and roll this was THE after school show to watch every day. It launched the career of Dick Clark as an American music icon, who would later become well-known as host of Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve at Times Square, New York City. For over 50 years Dick Clark has been known as "America's oldest teenager."
 
Also see . . .
1. American Bandstand - The Museum of Broadcast Communications. “While the three networks provided the majority of prime-time programming and some early afternoon soap operas, local television stations had to fill marginal broadcast periods themselves. Since the primary audience for television viewing in the late afternoons included teenagers just out of school for the day, the teen record party apparently made sense to station managers as a way to generate advertising revenue during that broadcast period. As a result, a number of teen dance party programs found their way into television schedules during the early 1950s.” (Submitted on March 1, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.) 

2. American Bandstand - At The Hop - Danny And The Juniors.
(Submitted on August 3, 2014.) 
 
Additional keywords. Rock and Roll
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2012, by Stephen Nazigian of Folsom, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 829 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 1, 2012, by Stephen Nazigian of Folsom, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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