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.
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.
Here is CNN's coverage.