He was born in Kemal Amen. Casey grew up and spent most of his childhood life at a Lebanese household found in Detroit, Michigan. Case made a debut in the radio industry whilst in high school. He then proceeded to studying radio broadcasting at Wayne State University. Casey then made several appearances in radio and played roles in shows such as The Lone Ranger. Later in 1952 Kasem joined the U.S. Army. This is where he grew into an great broadcaster as well as dj for a radio station in Korea for the Armed Forces.
Kasem and The American Top 40:
He then returned from Korea and spent the following two decades finding his way to America’s national prominent radio broadcaster. In 1970, he partnered with his old time friend Don Bustany then a Hollywood producer into production of a countdown show that was loosely based on the early 1940’s and 50s hit show known as Your Hit Parade. The result of this was the debut of America’s top show dubbed “American Top 40”later on July 4th 1970 being aired in over 7 radio stations.
American Top 40-Its Success
This American Top 40 became the most listened and popular radio show not just in America but around the world. By 1986, America Top 40 had featured in over 1,000 radio stations as well as 50 channels across the world. He also established a name for Voice of America and Armed Forces Radio. American Top 40 then spawned a T.V spin-off, America’s Top 10.This one ran from the year 1980 to 1990 featuring Casey Kasem’s countdown of the week’s top 10 hits as well as music videos.
He is not just well-acclaimed for just his roles in radio, but as well as a voice-over actor roles. Do you remember the Scooby-Doo show? He played Shaggy in this show in other various incarnations. He quit this role in 1995 in a disputed Burger King Commercial. He again returned to his Scooby doo role as Shaggy and this time a vegetarian just like Kasem himself. He also featured in several other big time shows like Josie and the Pussycats and Adventures of Batman
Casey Kasem’s Honors: In 1992, he was inducted into the Hall Of Fame as well as the National Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame three years later. He then received a presidential award for Sustained Executive Achievements in the year 2001. Additionally, Casey is still recognized for the dedicated efforts in fighting discrimination against his ethnic group of the Arab-American citizens.
Into the Future: He retired in 2004 from his Top Show “American Top 40.”He then handed over to Ryan Seacrest. However, he didn’t resign completely from radio because he still ran proceeded into producing American Top 10 and American Top 20 both being contemporary music countdown shows. On the 4th July 2009 weekend, Casey Kasem publicly announced that the weekend’s countdowns were his last. Image: Flick’r