American Top 40

with Casey Kasem

old radio shows from the 1970s and 1980s

 

last update: November 22, 2014 (no further updates planned!)

 

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new: Listen to a rare, very early Casey Kasem recording on KRLA, Pasadena, CA from May 27, 1965 (MP3-file, 192 kBit/s mono - 87,080 KB / 1 h 2 min) with commercials - most of them done by Casey himself !

 

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Listen to the very first words of the very first AT40-show from July 4, 1970 (MP3-file, 128 kBit/s - 674 KB / 43 s)!

“Here we go with the Top 40 hits of the nation this week on American Top 40, the best-selling and most-played songs from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico. This is Casey Kasem in Hollywood, and in the next three hours we'll count down the 40 most popular hits in the United States this week, hot off the record charts of Billboard magazine for the week ending July 11th, 1970. In this hour at number 32 in the countdown, a song that's been a hit four different times in 19 years! And we're just one tune away from the singer with the 10,000 Dollar gold hubcaps on his car! Now, on with the countdown!”

(rem.: The airing was one week before the official date! One station even aired it on July 3.)

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Listen to the whole show from July 4, 1970 (MP3-file, 128 kBit/s - 134,849 KB / 2 h 24 min) without commercials (original time with commercials was about 3 hours)!

Playlist as PDF-file

 

 

You can find detailed information about AT40 here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Top_40

 

Details about Casey Kasem (* April 27, 1932, † June 15, 2014) can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casey_Kasem

 

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interview with Casey Kasem from 2004, after his last AT40-show (MP3-file, 128 kBit/s - 5,234 KB / 5 min 34 s)

Casey Kasem, late 1970s

 

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(almost) complete 5th show from August 1, 1970 (MP3-file, 128 kBit/s - 131,615 KB / 2 h 20 min) without commercials (original time with commercials was about 3 hours)

Playlist as PDF-file

 

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complete show from May 29, 1971 (MP3-file, 96 kBit/s - 102,713 KB / 2 h 26 min) without commercials (original time with commercials was about 3 hours)

Playlist as PDF-file

 

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Top 40 Christmas Songs 1940 - 1971

complete and even extended* show from December 25, 1971 (MP3-file, 160 kBit/s - 204,820 KB / 2 h 55 min) without commercials (original time with commercials was about 3 hours)

* some songs were added by The Premiere Radio Networks and some by myself

Playlist as PDF-file

 

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complete show from May 6, 1972 (MP3-file, 96 kBit/s - 106,862 KB / 2 h 32 min) without commercials (original time with commercials was about 3 hours)

Playlist as PDF-file

(rem.: first 35 seconds accidentally recorded in surround sound)

 

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complete show from June 23, 1973 (MP3-file, 96 kBit/s - 106,123 KB / 2 h 31 min) without commercials (original time with commercials was about 3 hours)

Playlist as PDF-file

 

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complete show from June 7, 1975 (MP3-file, 96 kBit/s - 106,012 KB / 2 h 31 min) without commercials (original time with commercials was about 3 hours)

Playlist as PDF-file

 

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complete show from July 22, 1978 (MP3-file, 128 kBit/s - 142,600 KB / 2 h 32 min) without commercials (original time with commercials was about 3 hours)

Playlist as PDF-file

 

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complete show from June 28, 1980 (MP3-file, 128 kBit/s - 188,538 KB / 3 h 21 min) without commercials (original time with commercials was about 4 hours)

Playlist as PDF-file

 

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Top 100 of 1985

complete show, officially from January 6, 1986 (MP3-files, 160 kBit/s) without commercials

part 1 - #100 - #51 (233,993 KB / 3 h 20 min)

part 2 - #50 - #1    (234,486 KB / 3 h 20 min)

(original time with commercials was about 4 hours respectively)

Playlist as PDF-file

 

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complete show from July 23, 1988 (MP3-file, 128 kBit/s - 188,196 KB / 3 h 21 min) without commercials (original time with commercials was about 4 hours)

Playlist as PDF-file

 

free downloads: Casey Kasem and me (when I still called myself “Levi Bolotin”)

# Letter from Westwood One Entertainment to me, dated May 29, 1997, pre-announcing that my Request and Dedication for “Casey’s Top 40” will be broadcast on the weekend June 7/8. This R&D was in memory of my late friend Peter Sager who fell from the Matterhorn: Letter

# 1st letter from Casey Kasem personally to me, dated July 9, 1997: Letter, Envelope (front), Envelope (back)

# 2nd letter from Casey Kasem personally to me, dated April 6, 1998: Letter, signed photograph, New York Times article, Envelope (front)

# Casey Kasem personally also gave me a phone call!

 

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Listen to the Top 10 of 77-year-old Casey Kasem's very last countdown show (AT20) from July 4, 2009 (MP3-file, 128 kBit/s - 64,876 KB / 1 h 9 min) without commercials!

Playlist as PDF-file

Comment: The “Long Distance Dedication” is from a listener who thanks Casey for counting down the hits for 39 years. Between #2 (with the ironic title “If Today Was Your Last Day”) and #1 Casey himself gives a brief history of his countdown programs and how they grew over the years. And after the #1 (which, by the way, is ironically titled “[Sometimes Goodbye Is A] Second Chance”) he states this wisdom: “I'd like to share with you something I've learned over the years: Success doesn't happen in a vacuum. You're only as good as the people you work with, and the people you work for. I've been lucky; I've worked for and with the very best!” Casey ends the show with - of course - his legendary tagline “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars!”.

 

General: Most shows were recorded from re-runs on a radio station livestream. Some "Extras" were added recently (done by a different host). Recording was done with "No23 Recorder". Commercials were manually cut out using "Audacity". All playlists were created by myself and contain new entries, re-entries, "Extras", "Specials", "Archives", "Oldies", "Recaps" (top 3 songs of last week) and "Long Distance Dedications".

 

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The Sad, Strange Battle Over Casey Kasem

article written by Hal Espen, taken from Billboard magazine (print version) from February 22, 2014 (PDF-file - 12,050 KB, 6 large pages)

 

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