One of the reasons the Top 40 was so important was Casey Kasem. I have found memories of listening to him count the songs down in the early 80s. He would always close with his catch phrase..
"Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."
Here Casey Kasem appears on David Letterman's show...
A news report of his death..
If music wasn't your thing or if you were never a fan of the American Top 40 you may remember Casey Kasem as the voice of Scooby Doo's Shaggy.
Casey Kasem was a legend of the airwaves. A medium in decline with internet radios, satellite radio, streaming songs, and other replacements. If it is not in decline it is ever changing. It is not what it once was which is fitting with the news of Casey Kasem. No new or current radio personality will ever come close to catching Casey Kasem's star.