LOS ANGELES, CA – 82 year old Casey Kasem has died. The voice that generations listened to on the radio with his American Top 40 Count Down passed away Sunday morning.
How many millions of listeners have been touched by the music and the stories that Casey Kasem told during countless nights over the airwaves. Kasem was born Kemal Amin Kasem in 1932 in Detroit. He was the son of Lebanese immigrants who were grocers in the metro area.
Kasem attended Detroit’s Northwestern High School where he began his broadcasting career in the radio club. He was an American musician, disc jockey, radio personality and actor, best known for being the host of the music radio programs American Top 40, American Top 20 and American Top 10 from 1970 until his retirement in 2009, and for providing the voice of Norville “Shaggy” Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009. He began his career in Flint before becoming an announcer on Armed Forces Radio Korea Network in 1952.
Casey Kasem’s voice was very distinctive. For those who had the honor of listening to him, his voice is unforgettable. America today has lost one of it true treasures.
In tribute to Casey Kasem, as he always signed off, he would tell each of us to “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”