The late Casey Kasem lives on, via SiriusXM. Upon news of the iconic radio personality's passing, the satellite radio network began airing a marathon of "American Top 40" countdowns to remember Kasem. The broadcasts, airing on SiriusXM's '70s on 7 station, began at 11:00 am ET and will run for a full 24 hours.
"Casey Kasem was the undisputed king of weekly music countdown shows and we will miss him," said Kid Kelly, SiriusXM's VP of Music Programming. "He was a giant of radio for decades, becoming for listeners as notable as the music and artists he played while the influence of his countdowns on listeners and artists can’t be underestimated. He was a positive, friendly companion on radio, delivering perfectly crafted information that tied real listeners to their favorite artists. We’ve been honored to carry his Countdowns on our 70s channel for years and we hope to continue; his voice and approach is one of a kind and generations of listeners have loved that he has been their musical guide.”
Kasem died of complications from dementia at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. His daughter, Kerri Kasem, announced the news early Sunday on her Facebook page: "Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad."