LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, has died at age 82.

Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem’s daughter, Kerri, says Kasem died Sunday morning.

Kasem’s “American Top 40” began on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles. The No. 1 song on his list then was “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” by Three Dog Night.

The show continued in varying forms — and for varying syndicators — until his retirement in 2009. In his signoff, he would tell viewers: “And don’t forget: keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

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2 thoughts on “Casey Kasem, King of the Top 40 Countdown Dead at 82

  1. RodneyWMelton on said:

    Casey was the Mann. I like to hear him on the Top 40. And the best part about it. They were awesome songs. And he would name everyone of them. A lot of DJ’s don’t.

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