Sunday, June 15, 2014

| June 15, 2014

kasemcaseyCasey Kasem Dead at 82.  Legendary radio personality and television voice-over star Casey Kasem died early Sunday (6/15) after complications from Lewy Body Dementia.  The long, sometimes bizarre legal and health care odyssey Kasem and his family have been on has been well chronicled in the radio trades and in the consumer media.  Sadly, the publicly fought battle between Kasem’s children from his first marriage – especially daughter Kerri Kasem – and Casey Kasem’s second wife Jean is probably not over as Jean Kasem has accused the children (and the courts) of hastening his death.  Regardless, Casey Kasem will remain a part of radio history as the host of “American Top 40” and “Casey’s Top 40” and his work in pioneering the concept of the syndicated countdown show will always be important to students of music and radio.  TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison comments, “He brought the skills of voice acting and disc jockeying to the level of iconic art.  In doing so he became one of music radio’s greatest stars.  Those of us still in this struggling industry owe anyone, who can create reason for the word radio and star to be in the same phrase, a debt of gratitude.” Kerri Kasem announced his death via Facebook early Sunday and wrote, “Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken.  Thank you for all your love, support and prayers.  The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.”

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