Looking back on 1984, Dick Clark admits it was a notable year.
After all, his production company did about $40 million volume that year. His staff had rights to and were working on 34 program ideas.
But most importantly, '84 was a watershed year for Dick Clark because he he's now a Californian ... he's lived there longer than anywhere else.
"I was talking to my wife the other day and commenting we've lived in California for 21 years," Clark explained in a phone interview.
"We lived in New York for 20 years and Philadelphia for 12. Allowing for some traveling time, that accounts for my 54 years."
"Of course, we still keep an apartment in New York," he said.
"And, we get back there every few weeks. But, it's not as often as it used to be. Recently we figured up I'd covered 4.5 million miles in the air ... and most of that's between New York and California, although it would include a lot of little trips here and there, too."
Clark has reason to be happy. His TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes keeps "bubblin' right along" just like most of his projects.
"You know ... we had become the Red Adair production company of TV.
When we were doing the blooper specials, NBC used us as a stick of dynamite they could light and throw at anything. We might extinguish a hot spot (on another network) or we could certainly damp it.
"When the network came up with a problem spot on Monday night, they came to us. We combined the blooper concept with Johnny Carson's practical jokes, which we thought was a pretty compatible idea, and came up with the series," he went on.
Admittedly Call to Glory was a problem early in the season when it was rolling strongly on momentum from its early Olympics send-off. But Clark seems to have weathered the storm, though his ratings are down a little from the top-20 spot he was holding earlier.
"As long as the hour is holding its spot in the ratings," Clark said. "We like to think no particular segment of the show is indispensible. We try to keep a full selection of what we bring to the table."
While admitting competition early in the season was trampling all over the blooper concept, Clark remained strong on the basic idea.
"The supply of outtakes is bottomless ... because it's going on every hour of every day."
"But, we wanted to put other things in the show, too. ... We wanted to cater to the audiences tastes ... and short attention spans. I liken the show to eating peanuts from a jar. If you get a good peanut (or a good segment), you think "Hey, that was OK, I'll have another one.' "However, if you get a bad peanut (or segment), you don't worry because the next one is immediately at hand and it'll probably be a good one," he went on.
How does he keep coming up with winning shows?
Clark credits his production staff, which keeps him in new ideas and helps whip them into shows. Also he admits, the folks out here in middle America likely don't get much of a chance to see his short-lived "failures."
He calls his company small, although he admits the dollar volume seems substantial. "Hey," he said, "That's (gross volume) what comes in the front door. The real problem is to see how much of it we can hold onto."
But even over the phone, he sounds as if he wouldn't have it any other way.
His production company works out of a small three-story building in "beautiful downtown Burbank. We have from 50 to 60 people around here up to a couple of hundred, depending on what is going on. Everybody in the company is a jack of all trades ... I think that's one of our success secrets.
"Even my wife ... she works almost as my secretary scheduling appearances and travel. She's not into the production end of it ... she's more in office production. She always complains she's not one of the highly-paid members of my staff, but she's my right arm."
And a family? In the midst of all this TV, travel and tumult?
"Yeah, I've been pretty lucky there. The oldest boy is prducing a syndicated show called Putting On the Hits. My middle son is into film production. My daughter is still in school.
"Right now it looks like all of them might end up in the business."
In the family store?
"Well, maybe," Clark said. "If that works out, it would be nice.
"I'm happy they like the business. I've always felt and told them it certainly has its ups and downs. And, you may not make a lot of money all the time. But you can count on this; TV is never dull."
The McCain Brothers Ben and Butch are adding another notch to their belts as KTVY Channel 4's own little entertainment conglomerate.
This week, radio stations all over the country should begin playing the pair's new single release "If Love Were a Crime, I Couldn't Get Arrested." The single also is a track on their "McCain Brothers Three Little Words" album on Rise and Shine Records.
As the dervish-like duo wheeled in the other morning to note the happy event, they pointed out copies of the record were going out nationwide all last week. They also noted they're hoping the record will become a runaway hit.
The brothers, born in Muleshoe and raised in Bovina, Texas, brought their brand of TV charm to Oklahoma City from Amarillo in 1981. They are the only brother news-and-weather team in the country and have made their Channel 4 program one of the highest rated early-morning shows in the nation. BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 221176