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Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The 80's

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Spend your Saturday nights with Broadcaster Hall of Fame inductee Casey Kasem, reliving the 80's from 9:00 to Midnight!

On the air for over 50 years, Casey founded the radio staple American Top 40, which continues to be the most relevant source for pop music hits. To this day, there is no better way to experience classic hits than with Casey and the Classic American Top 40 Countdown.

Did you know?

Throughout his career, Casey has worked as a character actor in films and television. He has voiced countless commercials and Saturday morning cartoon-show characters, including the voice of Shaggy in the Scooby Doo television and film franchise.

Relive the 80's and enjoy the songs that never get old, spun with style by the most iconic voice in radio history, Casey Kasem - every Saturday night from 9:00 - Midnight.

About Casey:

Millions of fans around the world find the name Casey Kasem synonymous with musical countdowns.

Kasem’s friendly, “crackling” voice style took him to the top of his profession.  The man, who once dreamed of being a baseball player but ended up a radio sports announcer, is the youngest member ever inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.  He has his own star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame.  In 1997, Billboard Magazine honored him with its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.  And, Kasem was honored with the first ever Radio Icon award at the Radio Music Awards in 2003. 

Throughout his career, Kasem worked as a character actor in films and television.  He voiced countless commercials and Saturday morning cartoon-show characters, including the voice of Shaggy in the Scooby Doo television and film franchise.     

All this is a long way from when young Kemal Amen Kasem, son of Lebanese Druze parents, was a sportscaster for his Detroit high school’s radio club.  It was a short hop to radio acting.  While majoring in speech and English at Wayne State University, he landed roles in national shows like “The Lone Ranger” and “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon.”  During military service in Korea, he coordinated and acted in radio drama on the Armed Forces Network.

A civilian again in 1954, Kasem became a disc jockey, moving from Detroit to Cleveland, Buffalo, Oakland and eventually Los Angeles. The easy-going vocal style that is his trademark came about as the result of a station manager in Oakland telling him to change his format from wild, improvised comedy characters – just minutes before he was to go on the air. With only moments to spare and still stuck for a new idea, he spied a discarded magazine, Who’s Who in Pop Music, 1962, in a trash barrel at the studio.  It was full of facts about recording artists – exactly what he needed.  That night he began telling stories about the true lives of popular musicians – teased with lead-ins a few minutes before each story was told.  This “teaser/bio” format became a familiar part of American Top 40 and a standard in the radio industry.

Casey had three children by a former marriage.  He then married Jean, an actress who co-starred in the 1987 NBC-TV comedy series “The Tortellis.” They had one daughter.

Casey passed away on Juse 15th 2014.

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