Dallas broadcaster Ron Chapman remembers Dick Clark

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 19 at 2:58 AM

DALLAS — "American Bandstand" was once the most popular television show in the country. While Dick Clark's style was never duplicated, his show was often imitated.

"Bandstand" spawned more than 60 similar local dance programs across the country, including one that aired on WFAA in the 1960s called "Sump'n Else," hosted by Ron Chapman.

"We lost one of the great gentlemen of the business," Chapman said.

Chapman hosted "Sump'n Else" from 1965 through 1968, and went on to be a Hall of Fame broadcaster. He met and interviewed Dick Clark on multiple occasions, and said the American icon just did the little things right.

"He was always a man of his word; he always remembered your name," Chapman said.

Another Dallas broadcast legend also got his start on a program called "Dallas Bandstand."

Before he was "Mr. Peppermint," WFAA's Jerry Haynes hosted "Dallas Bandstand" and even filled in for Clark on "American Bandstand" on occasion.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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