Casey Fan, USA, Casey Kasem The Voice of My Teen Years
Remember Casey Kasem? He’s considered all but obsolete now as Ryan Seacrest has taken his weekly radio job, but I used to be a huge fan of Casey Kasem. In the early 1990s, I was just coming of age and going through high school. Casey had a weekly show that counted down the top songs of the previous week. Every Saturday, I made it point to listen to his countdown. I especially like the “Request and Dedication” portion of his show.
I think I liked the weekly radio show because most of the songs in the countdown had special meaning to me as a growing teenager. You know how music plays such a big role in a teenager’s life, and I was no exception. Artists like MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice were redefining the Hip Hop genre while C&C Music Factory was one of the most popular dance bands of those few critical years.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day was the greatest week during the year for me. Casey Kasem always did a countdown of the year’s best songs during the last few days of the year. From 1990-1994, I made a big deal out of this and listened to as much as I could. Being the packrat that I am, I also taped the countdowns because I always thought I would want to listen to them later. Of course, this was before the internet made it possible to get any song that you want within a matter of minutes. But I still have those tapes packed away somewhere. They’re a little piece of my history. The songs helped to make me who I was and indirectly who I am today. I wonder how many other people have had their lives affected by Casey Kasem in such a big way.
Label Memories From The 1990's