Dick Clark Studios to Open at Syracuse University in 2014

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A year after the debut of "American Bandstand," Clark posed in 1958 with a record player in a room decorated with album covers.

Syracuse University names its new $18 million public communications studio in honor of the alumnus, class of '51.

Dick Clark's widow, Kari Clark, said Wednesday that Syracuse University's Newhouse School has named its renovated, state-of-the-digital-art, $18 million studio facilities -- slated to open in 2014 -- Dick Clark Studios.

The American Bandstand and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve host was a member of Syracuse's class of '51, and 18 members of his family are alums. The Clark family donated $5 million toward the project.

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Clark loved to make kids stars, especially if they were Newhouse students.

"He would always make time to meet with our students in Los Angeles," says Newhouse dean Lorraine Branham. "It was always about how you prepare yourself to succeed in this crazy business. I told him when I was 6 years old growing up in Philly, my dream was to be on American Bandstand. I never imagined one day I'd meet him. It's very nice that we're able to honor his name. It's not just his name on the building, but we'll have archives of the shows he did."

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The Newhouse School annually sends students to Los Angeles to break into the entertainment industry.

"He's a real role model," says Branham. "We're looking forward to having a big American Bandstand party when Dick Clark Studios open; my hope is in fall 2014."