By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 8, 2009
Did you hear that Casey Kasem has retired from radio?
The voice of America's Top Ten and also Shaggy on Scooby-Doo has left the building!
With his first broadcast counting down the hits on July 4th, 1970 to his surprise retirement announcement live on the show on July 4th, 2009, Kasem has been part of American culture and has legendary status, the last of the great radio kings such as Alan Freed and Wolfman Jack.
Comment with your memories and farewell wishes for an American radio legend here at VOX Daily!
July 4th, 2009 marked radio pioneer Casey Kasem's final countdown after 39 years of devoted service to music fans everywhere.
At the age of 77, you can't blame him for retiring, and now that he's got some free time on his hands, word has it (according to his wife, Jeannie Kasem) that Kasem will be writing his memoirs.
He must have many stories to tell considering the interesting life he has led and all of the opportunities that have come his way.
This not is only the man who taught the world how to count to 40 backwards, he's also the same person who managed to convince the producers of Scooby-Doo to turn Shaggy from his burger eating ways into a vegetarian, just like himself to keep voicing the role!
While I could tell you more about that tale, I think it would be far better to read about it in more detail on the pages of a Casey Kasem memoir.
For now, we'll toast the Top Ten Man with his own Top Ten List!
1. Born Kemal Amen Kasem in Detroit, Michigan into a Lebanese-American household
2. Made his radio debut while in high school
3. Studied radio broadcasting as a student at Wayne State University
4. Became involved with radio dramas with roles on shows like The Lone Ranger
5. Served as an announcer and DJ for the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network in 1952
6. Spent twenty years working his way up to prominence as a radio announcer
7. Created American Top 40 with childhood friend and Hollywood producer Don Bustany
8. Narrated all national promo announcements for shows on NBC television (1977-81)
9. Is the voice of Shaggy on the cartoon Scooby-Doo and its various incarnations
10. Has voiced characters on The Adventures of Batman and Josie and the Pussycats
As Casey Kasem would say, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!"
Three cheers to you Mr. Kasem on your retirement,
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