More than anything else, Casey Kasem was a star; a larger-than-life figure in radio that is today, bereft of anyone in that category.
I first heard Kasem's Top 40 show as a sophomore in high school in the fall of 1977.
I remember the long-distance dedications and "OK, on with the countdown..." Kasem's popularity was largely due to the fact he sounded sincere.
He could tell a story too which in today's radio amounts to a cacophony of noise; human noise and sound, artificial sound, gimmicks really--a real honest-to-goodness story with style and grace. When Casey told a story about Andy Gibb, I recall back in '77, the #1 hit song, "I Just Want To Be Your Everything", even if you didn't particularly like the Bee Gees, you'd be compelled to listen to the story, it was that good.
Nobody today comes even close. Ryan Seacrest? Sure, he has built up a bank but he couldn't carry Casey Kasem's jockstrap. About as warm and engaging as a cold celery stick. Sort of like today's state of radio. No stars. More posers. Noise. Lots of noise. The lost art of story-telling and simple conversation.
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