As the world mourns the loss Casey Kasem, one of the most recognizable voices in radio and television, American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest honors the program’s creator with a special on-air and online tribute. This weekend, June 21st and 22nd, the internationally syndicated program will be dedicated to the “King of Countdowns,” featuring major moments from Kasem’s nearly 40 years behind the Top 40 mic.
From the first time he introduced music superstars Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, to the first No.1 he ever introduced – “Mama Told Me Not to Come” by Three Dog Night, listeners will be treated to Kasem’s signature long-distance dedications and stories behind the songs and artists that made AT40 one of the most popular syndicated radio shows around the world.
A special tribute has been launched on AT40.com where fans can hear classic AT40 highlights featuring Kasem and view photos of the Radio Hall of Famer throughout his career. Fans are also encouraged to visit the site and share their favorite AT40 memories, as well as personal messages about Kasem. In addition, iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s all-in-one free digital listening service, is saluting the career of Kasem by featuring a collection of his most memorable AT40 countdowns from the ’70s and ’80s.
“Casey had a distinctive friendly on-air voice, and he was just as affable and nice if you had the privilege to be in his company.”
“It’s a sad day for the broadcasting community and for radio listeners around the world,” said Ryan Seacrest. “When I was a kid, I would listen to Casey Kasem’s AT40 show every weekend, and dream about someday becoming a radio DJ. So when decades later I took over his AT40 countdown show, it was a surreal moment. Casey had a distinctive friendly on-air voice, and he was just as affable and nice if you had the privilege to be in his company. He’ll be greatly missed by all of us.”
Kasem died Sunday, June 15th, at the age of 82 after a lengthy battle with a form of Parkinsons. He is survived by four children and his wife Jean.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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