I was 13 when American top 40 started on WLS in Chicago.
Casey, of course, was an LA DJ and we didn't know him in Chicago. We had Larry Lujack and Dick Biondi and John Landecker. I wasn't too excited about the show, but I turned it on. I was hooked. I loved Casey's voice and the show. That's really where I first heard songs that I eventually heard on WLS or WCFL.
I listened from then until I graduated in 1976 and then I listened in the Army and even some after I was married. Somewhere in the 80s, Casey went off and some other guy came on and I stopped listening.
He was a part of my kid to young adult life. You younger guys can't imagine what it was like in those days before Mtv and the internet and all.
RIP Casey. I am so sorry your family life was so screwed up at the end.
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy - Swift
Hope it's OK that I'm reporting what I wrote on a radio board:
When I was a kid, I loooooved Casey's AT40. I didn't want to do ANYTHING else on Sunday morning. I can remember taking a radio and a notepad to the lot where my brother, our best friend, and I would play ball so I could catch the whole show and write down the weekly list. Of course, in those days there was no handy way to find out the weekly list if you didn't have access to Billboard itself, and as I kid, of course, I didn't.
During the years when I was working in radio, I really don't think there was anyone who was more of an influence on me than Casey Kasem. And it wasn't until I read Rob Durkee's book on AT40 that I realized how much of an influence Kasem had on me. He was a true storyteller, and that inspired me to bring that to my own shows, especially when I had the opportunity to really talk about the music.
I did have the opportunity to meet the man once. I was 16, and hanging out at what would later become my college radio station for a chance to meet this idol of mine. He couldn't have been nicer; he really acted like he was pleased to meet me and interested in everything I had to say. Not surprisingly, he was there to promote a charity event he was involved in. He did a lot of that.
It's sad that he's gone, and doubly sad that there was so much strife in his family during his last days and months.
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