Remembering Radio Legend Casey Kasem
Producer — The Scott Garceau Show
I, unlike a lot of kids growing up didn’t want to be a race car driver, police officer, fireman or even an astronaut; though I could be spacey at times. I wanted to be on the radio, but I didn’t just want to be another voice, I wanted to be Casey Kasem.
I wasn’t “popular” or “cool” so I kept to myself and my music.
My Sunday’s consisted of waking up early so I could get my tapes ready for a day of recording.
I would start recording Casey’s Top 40 early, right before we left the house for church. When I got home I would wait for the next commercial break and quickly change cassettes so I didn’t miss a word. My focus wasn’t just the music, it was the way Casey relayed the information about the music. He had this way of painting pictures with words like no one else could.
I would listen to those recordings every day that week until I could almost repeat the entire show back verbatim.
Casey Kasem helped me get through a lot of my insecurities and at the same time taught me so much about music, life and love.
I look back at those times spent in my room with Casey Kasem in my ear with great fondness.
I realize the story of Casey’s last days has not been a pretty one, but I can only hope that each of you will remember Casey with the same joy and happiness I do.
My hope is for each of you to remember the man who brought so many people joy and happiness around the world and brought people together who were worlds apart.
And as Casey would say, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars”.