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