Radio Industry Remembers Casey Kasem
June 15, 2014

Following the passing of Casey Kasem Sunday morning, the radio industry has been paying tribute to the legendary DJ. FMQB Publisher Kal Rudman commented, "Like few people in broadcasting before him, Casey Kasem found a niche, and never had any competitors. His unique skill was in researching incredible, unknown stories about the artists, and only hit songs, on his countdown show. A consummate story writer will usually make it big in the media industry, and Casey Kasem was among the biggest. Kasemís sound was another key to his success. His voice was absolutely the epitome of friendliness and warmth. Itís difficult to envision someone replacing him, but of course, you can never say never. On behalf of the staff of the Friday Morning Quarterback, we send our deep condolences to the entire Kasem family."

American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest has announced it will honor the programís creator with a special on-air and online tribute. Next weekend, June 21 and 22, the internationally syndicated program will be dedicated to the "King of Countdowns," featuring major moments from Kasemís nearly 40 years behind the AT40 mic. From the first time he introduced music superstars Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, to the first No.1 he ever introduced -
"Mama Told Me Not to Come" by Three Dog Night, listeners will be treated to Kasemís signature long-distance dedications and stories behind the songs
and artists that made AT40 one of the most popular syndicated radio shows around the world. 

A special tribute has been launched on www.AT40.com where fans can hear classic AT40 highlights featuring Kasem and view photos of the Radio Hall of Famer throughout his career.  Fans are also encouraged to visit the site and share their favorite AT40 memories, as well as personal messages about Kasem. In addition, iHeartRadio is saluting the career of Kasem by featuring a collection of his most memorable AT40 countdowns from the Ď70s and Ď80s. To listen to the 24/7 tribute, please visit http://bit.ly/1pNibYi.

"Itís a sad day for the broadcasting community and for radio listeners around the world," said Seacrest. "When I was a kid, I would listen to Casey Kasemís AT40 show every weekend, and dream about someday becoming a radio DJ. So when decades later I took over his AT40 countdown show, it was a surreal moment. Casey had a distinctive friendly on-air voice, and he was just as affable and nice if you had the privilege to be in his company. Heíll be greatly missed by all of us."

In a statement, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard offered condolences to Kasemís loved ones and said the DJ had a profound influence on the music business. "For many, the multitalented Casey Kasem was the voice of popular music, and his long-running countdown program brought exposure for many of his fellow union members. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends, and may we all remember him best by Ďreaching for the stars,'" he said.

There have also been countless tweets and remembrances of Kasem's influence as well. Here are just a few:




 
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