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Casey Kasem: America’s DJ

American Top 40 founding host Casey Kasem, who for nearly a half century counted down the hits on nationally syndicated radio and TV shows, invariably signed off with the words, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

See also: Four Ways to Avoid the Casey Kasem Nightmare

Kasem, who died in Gig Harbor, Wash., on June 15 at age 82, had none of Wolfman Jack’s histrionics and could be a jarring contrast to the jadedness and rebellion of rock music. But maybe that’s why we liked him so much.

Here are 10 things you might not know about Kasem:






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