WJTV News Channel 12 - Radio legend Casey Kasem passes away at 82

Radio legend Casey Kasem passes away at 82

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Kasem, 82, was the longtime voice of American Top 40 broadcasts. Kasem, 82, was the longtime voice of American Top 40 broadcasts.
LOS ANGELES, CA (WFLA) - Casey Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, has died at age 82.

Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's daughter, Kerri, says Kasem died Sunday morning.

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Kasem's "American Top 40" began on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles. The No. 1 song on his list then was "Mama Told Me Not to Come," by Three Dog Night.

The show continued in varying forms - and for varying syndicators - until his retirement in 2009. In his signoff, he would tell viewers: "And don't forget: keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."

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