Casey Kasem passed away yesterday from Parkinson's and dementia. He was 82. Did you know he worked in Buffalo? In the early '60s he worked at what was then WBNY (1400 AM at the time) in the Statler Hotel. He didn't last long though, as he personally told us how he was fired for telling the programming director how the radio station should be run. The Star frequency (102.5 FM) was also one of the original American Top 40 affiliates. Before we could get music information from the Internet, MTV, or anything we take for granted today, Casey Kasem's American Top 40 countdown was THE way you found out how big your favorite songs were, and what the artist's were up to!
Kerri Kasem Facebooked: "Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad. With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie.”
Ryan Seacrest's Statement: “It’s a sad day for the broadcasting community and for radio listeners around the world. 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.”
Rick Dees' Statement: "Friendly competition led to years of friendship and respect. We will all miss his style, his voice, and his ability to communicate. Casey was an original who can't be replaced."
Casey Kasem Fast Facts
born Kemal Amin Kasem
from Detroit, Michigan
drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War.
worked as a DJ for the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network
started American Top 40 in 1970
voiced Batman's sidekick Robin in the 1968 cartoon
voiced Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo cartoons from 1969 until 1995 and from 2002 to 2009
made cameos in Hawaii Five-O, Saved by the Bell, Charlie's Angels, Columbo and Ghostbusters
was a vegetarian
The Moody Blues were the only group to appear on both Kasem's first countdown on July 4, 1970 and his last on August 6, 1988.
fave saying: "Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars."