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Casey Kasem Dies at 82


Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem in 1971 -- photo: LA Times

Casey Kasem, nationally-syndicated disc jockey and animated film voiceover artist, has died at 82.

From the Los Angeles Times:

For decades, he was among the nation's best-known — and ubiquitous — radio personalities, hosting the weekend Top 40 programs that carried him "from coast to coast" and into the homes of millions of listeners eager to find out which pop song had made it to No. 1.

Earnest, upbeat and just a little bit square, Casey Kasem counted down each week's hit tunes, relating personal tidbits about the artists and honing his signature catch phrases — from his greeting ("Hello again, everybody!") to his sign-off ("Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!").


The Los Angeles-based disc jockey pioneered the nationally syndicated countdown-style radio show in 1970 with "American Top 40." As he hosted the popular program and its numerous spinoffs over the next four decades, his warm, distinctively husky tenor became one of the country's most instantly recognizable voices.

More here.

From the New York Times:

Casey Kasem, a disc jockey who never claimed to love rock ‘n’ roll but who built a long and lucrative career from it, creating and hosting one of radio’s most popular syndicated pop music shows, “American Top 40,” died on Sunday in a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. He was 82.


Mr. Kasem’s “American Top 40,” which first aired in the summer of 1970, was a weekly four-hour feast of homey sentiment and American optimism that ran headlong into the prevailing spirit of rebellion in the music culture of the day.

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Here is CNN's coverage.

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Lookin' Back -- This Week In Entertainment History


This week in history

This week in the entertainment industry is actually quite memorable. During this week, but in the past, there were some landmark productions from a kid friendly TV series, to a sexually/racially controversial Micheal Jackson video, to a movie that launched a thousand "Ahhh's" and four sequels.

So, here's a bit of nostalgia for you--

On November 10, 1969, 44 years ago today, a classic which endures and continues strongly today: Sesame Street. Here's the first time the audience was asked if they knew how to get to Sesame Street.

On November 14th, 1991, Micheal Jackson caused quite an uproar with the release of this music video. Remember when we used to watch those? Back when MTV had VJ's? And look who's the young lad who carries the narrative.  And we all will recognize the man who plays his father. So here's the video that set tongues wagging for controversial and overt sexuality, not to mention a message of black/white unity.

Finally that brings up another celebrant whose start came on this week. Home Alone, on November 16th, 1990 made Macaulay Culkin, as Kevin, a household name and spawned four sequels. "Ahhhhh!"

So this was surely one memorable week in entertainment. I wonder what this week, in 2013, will bring? So far, the biggest expectation is the return of Thor. In comparison to these landmarks, is that the best we can do?


Video Mid Day Distraction- Our Wedding Song: Stories of 4 elderly couples, through songs that played at their marriages


I've got something in my eye. Via Boing Boing.


Video Overnight Thread- All the year's top radio hits in one mashup


I have never heard half of these but my friend's granddaughter knew every single one. Via.