Casey Kasem, king of the Top 40 countdown dead at 82

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 12:51 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Casey Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, has died at age 82.

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Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's daughter, Kerri, says Kasem died Sunday morning.

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Kasem's "American Top 40" began on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles. The No. 1 song on his list then was "Mama Told Me Not to Come," by Three Dog Night.

The show continued in varying forms -- and for varying syndicators -- until his retirement in 2009. In his signoff, he would tell viewers: "And don't forget: keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."

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