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This is sad news for all of us who grew up listening to American Top 40 as kids, and desperately tried to emulate his style as baby deejays.
I remember listening to his show every weekend, both to find out how my favorite songs were doing as, "the numbers get smaller the hits keep getting bigger," and to record them.  In the days before file sharing and iTunes, kids still found ways to pirate music.  In the 70's & 80's, we did it with a boom box and cassette tape ... timing out when to hit pause or record based on when the deejay stopped talking.  Casey would usually walk up the entire post, but at least we could tell when he was going to stop and the first vocals would be sung.  Most of my pirated mix tapes from that time had at least a word or two from Casey at the beginning and end of every song, but we put up with it.
Later, my first radio job in Gulfport MS, included running the American Top 40 show off vinyl records Sunday mornings on WZKX-FM.  I was 15 at the time.
Eventually, the radio station manager allowed me to do my own show.  In the middle of the night.  On the weekend.  Every weekly critique included a mention of Casey Kasem and why he was the best at telling a story, knowing a new tidbit about every song each week, and teasing a reason for the listener to stay with him.  Advice I continue to try to follow to this day ... and tell the deejays I manage now to use as a guide, as well.
We'll miss you, your voice, and your contributions to our industry, Casey.  Not to mention the cartoon voices!  Rest In Peace.  If your family will allow you.  You've got a countdown to host in heaven!
Posted Wednesday, June 11th 2014 @ 5pm

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(TMZ) - Legendary DJ Casey Kasem will live out his final days this week surrounded by his children ... who have made the decision to withhold medication, food and fluids, reports TMZ.

According to TMZ, the judge in Casey's conservatorship case just reversed a ruling which required doctors to keep him alive with nourishment and meds.

The 82-year-old is currently in a Washington hospice facility.

Casey's kids tell TMZ ... their dad told them, "If the extension of my life would result in mere biological existence, devoid of cognitive function, with no reasonable hope for normal functioning, then I do not desire any form of life-sustaining procedures, including nutrition and hydration."

Casey's wife Jean was in court and furious over the judge's decision, storming out and screaming that the kids will have Casey's blood on their hands. 

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