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Radio Legend Casey Kasem Dies at 82

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Music lovers here in the city and around the nation are mourning the death of Casey Kasem.

The legendary disc jockey died Sunday morning at a hospital in Washington state after
suffering from a form of dementia.

The pioneering DJ began his career in his hometown of Detroit in the 1950s.

He changed radio forever on July 4, 1970 when he premiered "American Top 40," and started counting down the 40 biggest hits in the country.

Kasem hosted the show until 2009.

New York DJ Ken Dashow says Kasem brought a personal touch to radio.

"He is the radio disc jockey in America. Not a disc jockey, he was the guy across America and yet the magic was it always felt like it was one-on-one. That's the thing you never lost that he was just talking to you," Dashow said.

Kasem also worked in television, providing the voice to several cartoon characters including Shaggy from the original "Scooby Doo" series.

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