Top 10 reasons to miss Casey Kasem

The host of the classic countdown show 'American Top 40' died Sunday at age 82.

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The host of the classic countdown show 'American Top 40' died Sunday at age 82.

10 His enthusiasm was infectious.

9 He was a reminder of the era of ball-shaped transistor radios.


8 He was a rare point of connection between Baby Boomers and Generation X.

7 He helped keep radio popular when television was ascendant.

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6 He spread a love of American pop music around the world through
Armed Forces Radio.

5 His “long distance dedications” cemented the link between pop music
and first loves.

4 He promoted pop music as a national common language.


3 He was an Arab-American role model.

2 His voice for Shaggy, on “Scooby-Doo,” inspired a generation of grinning,
dog-loving slackers.

1 And, finally, he was the pre-Internet progenitor of the “listicle.”

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