Remembering Casey Kasem

I spent the late 1970s and early 1980s listening fervently to “America’s Top 40,” the syndicated weekly show hosted by the smooth-voiced Casey Kasem, who died Sunday at 82. And I spent the early to mid 1970s watching various Saturday morning cartoons that used Kasem’s voice talents. His characterization of lovable hippie Shaggy on “Scooby Doo” was classic, but there were others.

From the top 40 show, “a long-distance dedication,” “and now, back to the countdown” and “keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars” were staples, delivered in Kasem’s warm, earnest cadence. Here’s an appreciation from NPR.

Did you listen, and if so, what do you recall?

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  • Ramona

    I still listen to the countdown with Casey on Sunday mornings. It’s broadcast on KOLA from 6:00 AM.

    I missed it this weekend due to other stuff going on. He will be missed, but thankfully his taped shows are still around.

    I’m sorry that his last bit of life had to be so muddled.

    RIP, (at last) Mr. Kasem

    • davidallen909

      Yeah, the last year or so had more drama than the low-key Kasem would have appreciated. I occasionally hear a classic AT40 at breakfast at Rabi’s Cafe, and maybe that’s on KOLA as it’s Sunday.

  • John Clifford

    Met him and his wife Jean a couple of times. He was always extremely friendly and she was just impressive at over 6 ft. tall.

    • davidallen909

      Lucky you. He seemed on the short side the few times I saw him on TV. Not only was he reaching for the stars, he was reaching for the top shelf.