Legendary radio personality Casey Kasem has passed away at age 82.

Casey Kasem was born and raised in Detroit.  He was drafted into military service and served in the Korean War.  Casey got his start in radio working for armed forces radio.

He was also a disc jockey during the golden era of rock 'n roll during the 50's and 60's.  He and longtime friend Don Bustany launched the "American Top 40" weekly syndicated series on July 4, 1970.  The first #1 hit that Casey announced on "AT 40" was "(Mama Told Me) Not To Come" by Three Dog Night.

We were glued to the radio through the years of our childhood and teenage years in the days before cable TV and the internet to find out what the #1 song was each week.  

I grew up listening to Casey's show on Sunday nights through the 80's--the heyday of "American Top 40."  Casey's "long distance dedications" truly made radio come alive on the weekends.  

Listen to BIG 95 KBGO for our Casey Kasem Weekend coming over the July 4th weekend--the 44th anniversary of the first ever "American Top 40" show on July 4, 1970.  We'll present that show and several other "AT 40" shows all weekend. 

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