His voice was distinct. You knew when Casey Kasem was on the radio. He shaped the music countdown program, “American Top 40.” Today we say goodbye to the radio/disc jockey legend. Early Sunday, Kasem passed away at the age of 82 years-old.
Kasem co-created the original AT40 in 1970 until 1988. He returned to host the revived show from 1998 to 2004. Many know Casey’s Top 40, counting down the music hits of the week. He was also the host of Casey’s Hot 20, and Casey’s Countdown. Ryan Seacrest has now taken his seat at the radio mic. Another career mark for Kasem; he was the voice of Norvill “Shaggy” Rogers for the “Scooby-Doo” franchise from 1969 to 1997 and from 2002 until 2009.
Although there has been a family feud between Kasem’s wife, Jean Kasem and daughter Kerri Kasem; Kerri released a statement on Facebook saying, “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.”
We will never forget his signature line… “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”