Casey Kasem Once Said… Keep Your Feet on the Ground and Keep Reaching for the Stars

Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem was born on April 27, 1932 and died June 15, 2014. Casey was an American disc jockey, music historian, radio personality, actor and voice actor. Known for hosting American Top 40 and first actor to voice Norville “Shaggy” Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise (1969 to 1997 and 2002 to 2009).

Anytime in radio that you can reach somebody on an emotional level, you’re really connecting. – Casey Kasem

Being a radio announcer for me was quite an experience. The trick about it is you pretend that you’re talking to just one person, this helps if you’re nervous and I used this technique when I was school and had to do speeches. I think that radio announcers can reach people on different levels depending on the music you get to play and depending on what you talk about while you’re on the air.

Interestingly, songs used to be short then they become longer, and now they’re getting shorter. – Casey Kasem

Songs have been changing through the years because artists experiment with different sounds, beats, instruments, non-instruments, lyrics of course and the stories they tell. Artists are influenced by other artists but they also have the desire to be unique so they’ll try to come up with their own sound or style. Music also differs by culture and country because there’s different sounds available. Songs started to record stories and have been passed on from generation to generation.

For the most part, that message hasn’t changed a lot over the years – love is still love, and heartbreak is still heartbreak. – Casey Kasem

There are a lot of songs about love and just as many if not more about heartbreak. I don’t think there’s any emotion that hasn’t been covered in music and a good songwriter is able to resonate the emotions through their lyrics and through the music. Part of the song is in the lyrics alone but there’s a lot you can do with sound, imagine a movie without sound affects or without ambient music. For me there are times that music doesn’t have to be playing but I’ll have songs playing in my head. I think that it comes at times from something we watched, listened to or it could also come from something else that reminds you of a particular song.

Casey Kasem out-takes