Thanks for the title idea, Carin. I wish I’d come up with it.
I’m not going to get into all the family squabbles and elder abuse surrounding this. It’s all just shitty and sad, and Casey Kasem deserves better. I just want to say a quick goodbye to the guy I listened to on CKSL and CKOC on the weekends when I was young, and to the guy who’s voice was all over the cartoons that sent me off to school when I was younger than that, even though I didn’t realize it was him at the time.
If you grew up loving radio and wanting to be in it like I did, there was almost certainly a point in your life when you wished you sounded like Casey Kasem. Smoothe, friendly, in control…well, mostly. And odds are you wanted his job, too. How awesome would it be to count down the hits and have your voice broadcast to the 50 States and around the world on great radio stations like…
Speaking of which, I can’t be the only one who waited every time he launched into that jag to see if he’d mention the station I was listening on. I’m not sure he ever did, but to this day I still stop what I’m doing if I happen to catch one of those American Top 40 reruns at the right time.
Here’s a look at his career by Alan Cross, and this is American Top 40’s tribute page. And this is why the internet is great. Somebody uploaded a bunch of clips from his retirement show on July 5th, 2009. I don’t recall exactly when the show became a top 20 rather than a top 40, but I remember hearing him on top 20’s in either the late 90’s or early 2000’s, so it had been a few years.
Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.