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. Kasem’s sound was another key to his success. His voice was absolutely the epitome of friendliness and warmth. It’s 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 program’s 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 Kasem’s 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 Kasem’s 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 ‘70s and ‘80s. To listen to the 24/7 tribute, please visit http://bit.ly/1pNibYi.

"It’s 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 Kasem’s 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. He’ll be greatly missed by all of us."

In a statement, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard offered condolences to Kasem’s 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 ‘reaching for the stars,'" he said.

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




 
Breaking News
Jacobs Media Releases Techsurvey 11 Data
Alpha Media Louisville Names Ben Davis Operations Manager
Mitra Darab Named SVP/Marketing, Capitol Music Group
KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta 2015 Line-up Announced
In Brief - April 27, 2015
April 24, 2015
eQB NOW
The Week In Review: 4/20-4/24
iHeartRadio Now Available On The Apple Watch
CÜR Media Names Jay Clark Chief Content Officer
CBS Radio Stations Awarded With 21 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards
In Brief - April 24, 2015
April 23, 2015
Warner Bros. Promotes Rob Goldklang To SVP/Alternative Promotion
CBS Radio Houston Names Charese Fruge VP/Programming And Operations Manager
Cat Thomas Named VP/Programming, CBS Radio Las Vegas
CBS Radio Las Vegas Names New PDs At KLUC & KMXB
iHeartMedia's First-Ever Soundfront
Pandora Reports Q1 2015 Financial Results
In Brief - April 23, 2015
April 22, 2015
Nielsen Reports Solid First Quarter
Shazam For Radio Adds David De Busk
KIIS FM Announces Wango Tango Pre-Show Performers
In Brief - April 22, 2015
April 21, 2015
Linda Little Named Market President For iHeartMedia Phoenix
iHeartRadio Now Available On Xbox One
Impact Radio Group Ups Garfield To PD at KWYD/Boise
Clip Interactive Activates FM Chip Listening On Additional Devices
Music News
Jay Z: "Tidal Is Doing Just Fine"
Quick Hits: Radio Disney Music Awards, David Guetta, Amy Winehouse, D'Angelo, Billy Corgan
Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Announces New Solo Project
The Week In Review: 4/20-4/24
Quick Hits: Grateful Dead / John Mayer, Saturday Night Live, Frank Ocean, System Of A Down
Quick Hits: Lady Gaga, Estelle, MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, Hard Summer Festival, Faith No More, The Ting Tings
Teen Vine Star Shawn Mendes Tops Billboard 200
Quick Hits: Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea, The Grateful Dead, Ed Sheeran, R.E.M., The Smashing Pumpkins, Pitchfork Music Festival, Musicfest NW
Charli XCX, Bleachers Plot Eclectic Tour
Quick Hits: Billboard Music Awards, Walk Off the Earth, Miami Concert Series, Louis Tomlinson, Neil Young, AC/DC, Mötley Crüe
Green Day, Ringo & More Inducted Into The Rock Hall Of Fame
Muse Plans Drones Live Events
Quick Hits: iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party, Hozier, Panic! At The Disco, Foo Fighters, Neil Young / WayHome Music and Arts Festival
Quick Hits: Giorgio Moroder / Britney Spears, Green Day, Black Sabbath, Deftones & Incubus
The Week In Review: 4/13-4/17
FMQB NOW

Rick Cummings
Emmis Pres.
of Programming

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!