Casey Kasem Broadcasts Final AT20
July 6, 2009 at 3:44 AM (PT)
"We began the weekend of JULY 4th, 1970, and after 39 years this will be our final countdown," CASEY KASEM said matter-of-factly on his "American Top 20" radio show over this past weekend, reports ABC NEWS. And so, with no hoopla, the 77-year-old broadcasting legend counted down the hits one last time, quietly pulling the plug on a weekly ritual for his legion of loyal listeners.
"It is, in many ways, the end of an era
"CASEY KASEM ... DICK CLARK ... I really felt like these guys were a part of my family. You get this connection when you're listening to them or when you're watching them," said RYAN SEACREST, who took the mic as host of KASEM's signature "American Top 40" show five years ago. KASEM continues to host two spinoffs, "American Top 20" and "American Top 10."