Ryan Seacrest Reminisces About Casey Kasem: 'He’ll Be Greatly Missed’

Ryan Seacrest and Casey Kasem during an April 2005 taping of 'America's Top 40 Live' at CBS Studios Stage 46 in Los Angeles, California.

Ryan Seacrest says the death of his radio role model, Casey Kasem, is a loss for radio listeners worldwide.

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“Casey had a distinctive friendly on-air voice, and he was just as affable and nice if you had the privilege to be in his company,” Seacrest said in a statement. “He’ll be greatly missed by all of us.”

Kasem, an internationally famous radio broadcaster with a cheerful manner and gentle voice, died Sunday at age 82. He became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades.

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Seacrest, who took over the countdown from Kasem in 2009, said that as a child, he'd listen to Kasem's show every weekend "and dream about someday becoming a radio DJ."

Kasem's legacy reached well beyond music. His voice was heard in TV cartoons such as "Scooby-Doo," where he was Shaggy, and in numerous commercials.

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