June 15, 2014

Casey Kasem, 1932-2014

The mellow, resonant voice of Casey Kasem was part of my childhood.

I remember watching re-runs of Scooby-Doo, in which he voiced the character of the cowardly, food-obsessed Shaggy.

I also, as a kid, tuned in to American Top 40 every Sunday morning from 8-12, without fail; this was in the 1980s, when popular music was still good. I loved listening to my favorite songs and finding out which ones would top the charts that week. Casey would end each weekly broadcast with the admonition to "keep you feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars."

Casey Kasem had co-created the radio countdown, hosting it from 1970 through 1988, and then again from 1998 through 2004. AT40 has been hosted by American Idol host and DJ Ryan Seacrest since 2004.

Rest in peace, Casey. You kept your feet on the ground, and have reached the stars.

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