On Sunday, legendary broadcaster Casey Kasem died in a California hospital after having been taken off life support earlier in the week. He was 82. Kasem is perhaps best known for his decades long career as host of the American Top 40 radio program. He also voiced iconic cartoon characters like Shaggy on Scooby-Doo and Robin on Super Friends. On radio this morning, Glenn remembered the radio icon.
“We lost Casey Kasem this weekend, age 82,” Glenn said. “Almost everybody in radio got into radio partly because of Casey Kasem… In 1970 when he started American Top 40, [he was] the only guy that had a nationwide show on 1,000 radio stations. 1,000. No matter where you were going on a Saturday or Sunday, you would hear Casey Kasem all across the country.”
“No question,” Pat added.
Stu was frustrated that many new outlets chose to focus on Kasem’s voiceover work as Shaggy on Scooby-Doo instead of leading with his remarkable radio career.
“I was disappointed, seeing some of the stories about him, where they led with the Scooby Doo stuff,” Stu said. “That’s secondary.”
While the bizarre family drama involving Kasem and his family dominated the headlines towards the end of his life, his professional impact will be remembered for years to come.
Last month, Glenn shared memories from the time he got a chance to meet Kasem and explained the impact the legend had on his own career:
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