Chicago welcomed ‘radio’s most iconic voice’

Broadcast legend Casey Kasem, who died Sunday at 82, was no stranger to Chicago.

Not only was his voice familiar to generations of listeners to “American Top 40” and viewers of “Scooby-Doo,” but Kasem was a frequent visitor to the National Radio Hall of Fame here.

Casey KasemIn 1992 he was among the first class of inductees to the National Radio Hall of Fame. He went on to host the induction ceremony broadcast from the Chicago Cultural Center for five consecutive years — from 1996 through 2000 — longer than anyone else.

Bruce DuMont, founder and president of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, credited Kasem with helping put the Radio Hall of Fame on the map and giving it national respectability. “He showed up for rehearsals and wanted to be perfect,” he recalled Sunday. “A true pro.”

Added DuMont: “Along with Paul Harvey, Casey Kasem was radio’s most iconic voice for several generations of listeners.”

The Radio Hall of Fame website features a tribute to Kasem’s career at radiohof.org.