Local disc jockey remembers Dick Clark

Ronnie Kaye recalls a long association with “the world's oldest teenager.”
BY GENE TRIPLETT Entertainment Editor etriplett@opubco.com Published: April 18, 2012

Longtime Oklahoma City disc jockey Ronnie Kaye remembers television host and tireless entrepreneur Dick Clark as “a pro, never ever at a loss for words, smooth as silk on the air and just one of the top-flight people personally and professionally” in the entertainment industry.

From 1966 to 1974, Kaye hosted “The Scene,” a local rock 'n' roll dance show on the former WKY-TV (now KFOR-4), modeling it after Clark's nationally-aired “American Bandstand,” which had a large role in ushering rock music into the mainstream culture.

“I go back with him personally to about '67 because we both had the same sponsor, which was Dr Pepper,” Kaye said Wednesday. “So that tied us together pretty closely actually, because he came to town, stayed a whole 24 hours with us, went out to the state fair for my TV show, ‘The Scene.' Of course, it was all about Dr Pepper.

“We sent three different couples out to Los Angeles to be on his show, ‘Bandstand.'”

Kaye recalls having a lengthy conversation with Clark about his experiences in the entertainment business as they drove for several hours around Oklahoma City.

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