Ryan Seacrest, others mark Kasem’s loss as ‘sad day’ for radio

As word spread Sunday morning that Casey Kasem had died at age 82, friends and fans the world over began to share their memories of the legendary DJ and voice actor.

Ryan Seacrest, who took over hosting of Kasem's legendary "American Top 40" in 2004, issued a statement remembering his mentor, and also posted a memorial tweet.

Keep+your+feet+on+the+ground+and+keep+reaching+for+the+stars.+We’ll+miss+you,+Casey.+pic.twitter.com/cxYhONfrqz

—+Ryan+Seacrest+(@RyanSeacrest)+June+15,+2014+

“It’s a sad day for the broadcasting community and for radio listeners around the world,” Seacrest said in his statement. “When I was a kid, I would listen to Casey Kasem’s 'AT40' show every weekend, and dream about someday becoming a radio DJ. So when decades later I took over his 'AT40' countdown show, it was a surreal moment. Casey had a distinctive friendly on-air voice, and he was just as affable and nice if you had the privilege to be in his company. He’ll be greatly missed by all of us.”

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    Casey Kasem led radio listeners through the music of the moment as host of "American Top 40" and other countdown shows, and he also provided the voice of Scooby's human pal Shaggy on "Scooby-Doo."

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    Disc jockey, TV personality and actor Casey Kasem, seen here in 1990, counted down the hits for decades thanks to his work on radio shows such as "American Top 40" and "Casey's Countdown." He was also well-known as the voice of Shaggy on "Scooby-Doo."

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    Kasem also starred in the 1971 sci-fi horror film "The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant," a companion film to the more famed "The Thing With Two Heads."

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    Kasem, shown here in 1994, inaugurated "American Top 40" in 1970 and left in 1988. During the 1990s, he hosted the competing "Casey's Top 40" and variations, returning to "AT40" in 1998.

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    Kasem and rock star and "General Hospital" actor Rick Springfield shared a laugh in 1982.

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    Kasem, seen here in 2000, married actress Jean Thompson in 1980, and they had daughter Liberty in 1990. Jean Kasem played Loretta Tortelli on "Cheers" and the spinoff, "The Tortellis."

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    Casey Kasem has three children from his first marriage. Daughter Kerri is seen with him at the 2003 Radio Music Awards in 2003.

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    Casey and Jean Kasem arrive at The Museum of Television & Radio's annual Los Angeles Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Nov. 10, 2003 in Beverly Hills, California.

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    Kasem and his children Mike and Kerri arrive at the Golden Dads Awards ceremony at the Peterson Automotive Museum on June 15, 2005, in Los Angeles.

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Many fans, famous or otherwise, used Kasem's famous radio signoff, "keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars," in their remembrances.

"Keep+your+feet+on+the+ground+and+keep+reaching+for+the+stars,"+Casey+Kasem.

—+*NSYNC+(@NSYNC)+June+15,+2014+

NBC+News+confirms:+Casey+Kasem+--+the+original+voice+of+the+American+Top+40+countdown+died+Sunday+morning.+Keep+reaching+for+the+stars.

—+Al+Roker+(@alroker)+June+15,+2014+

Long+before+MTV+and+the+internet+#CaseyKasem+made+sure+you+were+hearing+the+best+music+out+there.+Peace+be+to+his+family+and+RIP.+#Respect

—+Carson+Daly+(@CarsonDaly)+June+15,+2014+


Actor Colin Hanks, son of Tom Hanks, issued a tweet that may need some explaining.

Somewhere+up+there+in+heaven,+Snuggles+is+showing+Casey+Kasem+around.+#RIPCaseyKasem

—+Colin+Hanks+(@ColinHanks)+June+15,+2014+

"Snuggles" was the name of the dog in a famed long-distance dedication Kasem once recorded. He tripped up on the dog's name, and began re-recording it, then flew into a tirade about how difficult it was to go from an upbeat Pointer Sisters song into a somber dedication. The tape was leaked, and Howard Stern and other DJs picked it up, and it's now available on YouTube.

Kasem later said he forgave the leaker of the Snuggles tape, according to Rob Durkee's book, "American Top Forty: The Countdown of the Century."

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