15 June 2014
Casey Kasem, the voice of pop radio for nearly four decades, died on Father’s Day Sunday at St. Anthony’s Hospital near Seattle.
As host of American Top 40, Kasem was the nation’s tastemaker, doling out hit singles and music factoids as he counted down each week’s most popular songs for nearly 35 years. Kasem became a household name thanks to his distinctly trademark voice, his aspiring catchphrases and his love and genuine enthusiasm for the music he was broadcasting nationwide every week.
Kasem also enjoyed showbiz success as a voice actor, lending his versatile pipes to cartoon characters – most famously to Shaggy in Scooby-Doo, a role Kasem would fill from 1969 to 2010.