Casey Kasem has counted down his last top 20 radio hits this past weekend. The show “American Top 20” is retiring after a 39 year run.
“We began the weekend of July 4, 1970, and after 39 years this will be our final countdown,” Kasem said matter-of-factly on his “American Top 20” radio show over the weekend.
Kasem, 77, didn’t give any other advance warning that the show was over than a small press release that went virtually unseen.
Kasem has been one of the biggest names in the world of radio along with the likes of Wolfman Jack and Alan Freed.
“Casey Kasem … Dick Clark … I really felt like these guys were a part of my family. You get this connection when you’re listening to them or when you’re watching them,” said Ryan Seacrest, who took the mic as host of Kasem’s signature “American Top 40” show five years ago. Kasem continued to host two spinoffs, “American Top 20” and “American Top 10.”
On Saturday Kasem signed out how he had for the past 39 years, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”
While new broadcasts will not be coming there will be weekly rebroadcasts of Kasem’s programs from the 1970s and 1980s airing on more than 200 radio stations.