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In this April 27, 1981 file photo, Casey Kasem and his wife Jean smile as he receives his own “Star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, according to Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem’s daughter, Kerri. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “It’s a sad day for the broadcasting community and for radio listeners around the world. When I was a kid, I would listen to Casey Kasem’s AT40 show every weekend, and dream about someday becoming a radio DJ. So when decades later I took over his AT40 countdown show, it was a surreal moment. 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. He’ll be greatly missed by all of us.” — media personality Ryan Seacrest


“Very sorry to hear of Casey’s passing. Aside from being a Johnny Carson-esque staple in all our lives, Casey was always so personally kind to me. I still have a voicemail he left me years ago telling me how much he loved my new record at the time. He was gracious. And a class act.” — singer Richard Marx


“Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.” — Kerri, Mike and Julie Kasem


“For many, the multitalented Casey Kasem was the voice of popular music, and his long-running countdown program brought exposure for many of his fellow union members. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends, and may we all remember him best by ‘reaching for the stars.'” — Ken Howard, president of SAG-AFTRA, which represents actors, DJs and other media professionals

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