Millions of fans around the world find the name Casey Kasem synonymous with musical countdowns. Now celebrating his 37th year as “King of the Countdowns,” he continues his unique style as host of American Top 20, in the Hot Adult Contemporary format, American Top 10, in the Adult Contemporary format, and America’s Top Hits, a daily five-minute show, all syndicated nationwide by Premiere Radio Networks. In 2003, he retired from the helm of American Top 40 – the show he created in 1970 that became the gold standard of music programming – but continues to host American Top 40, The ‘70’s, which is heard on more than 100 radio stations.
Kasem’s friendly, “crackling” voice style has taken him to the top of his profession. The man, who once dreamed of being a baseball player but ended up a radio sports announcer, is the youngest member ever inducted into the Radio
Kasem has his own series of music CDs entitled, Casey Kasem Presents America’s Top Ten Through The Years, highlighting 20 top ten hits from each decade of the rock and roll era, the 1950s – 1990s.
Throughout his career, Kasem has worked as a character actor in films and television. He has voiced countless commercials and Saturday morning cartoon-show characters, including the voice of Shaggy in the evergreen Scooby Doo television and film franchise.
All this is a long way from when young Kemal Amen Kasem, son of Lebanese Druze parents, was a sportscaster for his
A civilian again in 1954, Kasem became a disc jockey, moving from
Away from radio, Kasem has co-hosted Jerry Lewis’ annual Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1981. He has received the prestigious Founder’s Award for aiding Danny Thomas’ St. Jude’s Children’s
Kasem is a member of FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting). He has spent much of his time since 1986 calling the entertainment industry’s attention to ethnic stereotyping. He has also helped promote and support workshops like the Cousins Club that brings Arabs, Jews and others together to discuss conflict resolutions. Kasem aided the Great Peace March in the
His alma mater,
Kasem has three children by a former marriage. He is presently married to Jean, an actress who co-starred in the 1987 NBC-TV comedy series “The Tortellis.” They have one daughter.