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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Songbird Salutes the 70's: Rest in Peace, Casey Kasem

In the 21st Century we have options. Don't like what you're seeing on the hundreds of channels your cable provider has, you can watch what you want on your DVD player or stream something from Netflix. Radio? You've got terrestrial stations on AM and FM, specialty stations on satellite radio, stations from other places on, and even stations based on your own preferences on Pandora.

It wasn't always like this.

We all listened to the same shows years ago.

American Top 40, hosted by Casey Kasem, oh what a show that was. The top 40 songs of the week. Tidbits about the artists. The long distance dedications.

What a voice Casey had. Smooth and friendly. From his first show in 1970 until his last in 2009, he brought us an eclectic assortment of rising and fading stars. Of music from various genres. A microcosm of our culture in a brief radio show.

He died today. Sirius Radio's 70's station ran a marathon of the shows from the 70's in his memory. How interesting to hear about that new artist, Gordon Lightfoot. Or to hear him refer to the Jackson 5 as "the mini Temptations".

Another piece of my childhood is gone.

Thank you, Casey, for all that wonderful music.

Keep you feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

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