Biography
While never releasing any proper recordings during his lifetime, Casey Kasem nonetheless became something of a music legend himself. As the co-creator and host of American Top 40, one of radio's most enduring institutions, he delivered the biggest hits in the U.S. for ages; at one time, he was heard on more than 1,000 radio stations worldwide. Born to Lebanese Druze parents, he began his broadcasting career in the mid-'50s at Detroit station WJBK. He started developing his laconic rock trivia style in the early '60s when he moved to California, working for KYA and KEWB before jumping on to a successful six-year spell at KRLA. It wasn't until 1971 that he and Don Bustany created the syndicated radio program American Top 40. First broadcast on only seven stations, it quickly gained popularity, easily becoming America's top-rated radio show by the mid-'70s and well into 1988, by which time he left due to contractual reasons. He again took the show's reins in 1998, hosting it until 2004. Kasem was also famous for his voice-acting career, most notably for his long stint as the goofy, gluttonous, and easily scared Shaggy of the Scooby-Doo cartoon franchise. Kasem died at a hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington in June 2014; he was 82 years old. ~ Ricardo Rainho, Rovi



 
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America's Top Ten with Casey Kasem (May 26, 1985)
Many Voices of Casey Kasem - An Animated Tribute (Shaggy Rogers, Robin)
"48 Hours" preview: The mysterious death of Casey Kasem
American Top 40 - 1977 Number Ones Montage - Casey Kasem
Casey's Top 40 - May 5th, 1991 - Counting down #12 to #1
Casey Kasem's Top Ten on Late Show with David Letterman (9/3/93)
Casey Kasem's kids: We just want to see our dad
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