Keep Your Feet On The Ground...


"Keep your feet on the ground, and Keep reaching for the stars!" -Casey Kasem
Here is a little tribute to the King of the radio Countdown, Mr Casey Kasem. I would listen to "American Top 40 with Casey Kasem" when I was a baby boy, back in the late 70's. American Top 40 still continues today with host Ryan Seacrest.
Here is a sample of the radio broadcast from 1980...



"Here we go with the Top 40 hits of the nation this week on American Top 40, the best-selling and most-played songs from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico. This is Casey Kasem in Hollywood, and in the next three hours, we'll count down the 40 most popular hits in the United States this week, hot off the record charts of Billboard magazine for the week ending July 11, 1970. In this hour at #32 in the countdown, a song that's been a hit 4 different times in 19 years! And we're just one tune away from the singer with the $10,000 gold hubcaps on his car! Now, on with the countdown! ”
— Casey Kasem at the beginning of the inaugural AT40 broadcast


When you heard this music...you knew The Countdown was ON!...







On the week of July 4, 2009, after 39 years on air, Casey Kasem ended his run on the radio. American Top 20 and American Top 10 aired their final shows, with Casey giving a brief retrospective of his 39 years of counting down the hits. Casey also read one final Long Distance Dedication, from a listener thanking Casey for 39 years of music. Replays of Casey's shows from the 1970s and 1980s continue to air on 200+ stations around the country, but Casey is no longer producing any new material in the studio.
Since ending his run on radio, Casey has given no interviews. He briefly appeared on his daughter's podcast in late 2009.

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3 comments:

Jon said...

So Shaggy's retired! (Mr Kasem was the voice of Shaggy in "Scooby-Doo")...

Ghastly hair-dye. Ghastly jumpers. As I recall his "America's Top Ten" used to be on late night ITV here in the UK in the 80s and we'd only watch it because we were pissed after the pub and it gave us something to shout at.

Jx

marky marc said...

YES he did a lot of cartoon voices! Shocked that you knew that! WELL DONE! :)and he was the voice of NBC promos also. I didn't really like the tv show...only the radio show from like 75-80, The Big Disco years!
-MM

Barbarella's Galaxy said...

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