Who was the original host of the American Top 40 music countdown?

Question: Who was the original host of the American Top 40 music countdown?




Answer: In 1970, Casey Kasem launched the nationally syndicated radio program American Top 40. On the show, Kasem counted down the most popular songs in the country until he hit No. 1. The show was a smash hit, and was broadcast to more than 1,000 radio stations worldwide. Also emerging from the show was what would become Kasem’s signature sign-off message: “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.” American Top 40 ran for nearly two decades, ending in 1988. The legendary broadcast personality died at the age of 82 from complications of Lewy body disease.




Casey Kasem

American disc jockey
Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem was an American disc jockey, music historian, radio personality, voice actor, and actor, known for being the host of several music radio countdown programs, most notably American …




Born: April 27, 1932, Detroit, MI
Died: June 15, 2014, Gig Harbor, WA
Height: 5′ 6″
Cause of death: Sepsis
Spouse: Jean Kasem (m. 1980–2014), Linda Myers Kasem (m. 1972–1979)





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  • Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) was an American disc jockey, music historian, radio personality, voice actor, and actor, known for being the host of several music radio countdown programs, most notably American Top 40, from 1970 until his retirement in 2009, and for providing the voice of Norville “Shaggy” Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009.

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