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Casey Kasem's Bio
Casey Kasem was born April 27, 1932 in Detroit Michigan.  He made his radio debut while in high school and studied radio broadcasting while a student at Wayne State University.  He became involved in radio acting with roles on shows like The Lone Ranger. In 1952 he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he was a successful announcer and DJ for the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network.

After returning from Korea, Casey Kasem spent most of the next two decades working his way up to national prominence as a radio announcer. In 1970, working with childhood friend and Hollywood producer Don Bustany, Kasem proposed a countdown radio show loosely based on the 1940's and 1950's hit show Your Hit Parade. The result was American Top 40 which debuted on July 4, 1970 on 7 radio sations.

From 1977 to 1981 Casey Kasem narrated all of the national promotional announcements for shows on NBC television.

American Top 40 quickly became one of the most popular syndicated radio shows in the country and then around the world. By 1986 the show was featured on more than 1,000 radio stations in 50 countries around the world as well as Armed Forces Radio and the Voice of America. American Top 40 spawned a television spin-off, America's Top 10, that ran from 1980 through 1990 and featured Casey Kasem counting down the week's top 10 hits and playing music videos.

In 2004 Casey Kasem retired from hosting American Top 40. He passed the hosting duties on to Ryan Seacrest.

Casey Kasem passed away on June 15, 2014.

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