Radio personality and memorable cartoon character voice actor, Casey Kasem has died after a long illness. He was 82.
FOX's Adam Housley looks back on his life:
Casey Kasem grew up in Detroit with dreams of being a baseball player, but got his first taste of the airwaves as a sportscaster for his high school radio club. In college, he started radio acting.
Kasem: "And I did character acting. I could do a 12 year-old to a 20 year-old."
He moved to Los Angeles to DJ and do voice over work in cartoons.
Kasem: "I could do the kind of thing that they do on cartoon shows, because that's really like radio acting."
(Scooby Doo audio) In 1969, he introduced his most famous character-- "Shaggy" from Scooby Doo.
American Top 40 / Kasem: "And the countdown begins. Number 40!"
On July 4th, 1970-- Kasem introduced the nation to "American Top 40".
Kasem: "Casey can you please play "Waiting For A Girl Like You" from Mark to Barb, so she knows she's worth the wait."
"American Top 40" became an institution with spin-offs on radio and TV.
One of the most recognizable voices of the radio age, Casey Kasem transformed the radio landscape-- and now that he's gone, I think we all know how he'd want to say goodbye:
Kasem: "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."
Adam Housley, FOX News.