Just as some Star Trek viewers were inspired to follow science as a career or become astronauts, some of Casey Kasem’s most avid listeners pursued their dreams of working in radio. Billboard reached out to some key industry folks to find out what Kasem meant to their lives and their profession.
As a teenager, I listened to Casey Kasem, but not on American Top 40. Before he came up with the idea of doing a national countdown, he was a local DJ on KRLA, one of the two leading Top 40 stations in Los Angeles, along with KFWB.
May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT
To celebrate "American Idol"'s 500th show and the finale of season 13, here are the top 100 songs by Idols based on chart performance on the Hot 100, with the stories behind the songs, many of them being told for the first time.