Ryan Seacrest Pays Tribute to Casey Kasem: “It’s A Sad Day for Radio Listeners”

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By Shari Weiss

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Ryan Seacrest is paying tribute to one of his icons, Casey Kasem, who died on Sunday after a long illness.

Kasem solidified the place of deejays in pop culture with the launch of “American Top 40” in 1970.

Seacrest took over as “American Top 40” host when Kasem stepped down in 2004.

“It’s a sad day for the broadcasting community and for radio listeners around the world,” Seacrest says in statement.

He continues, “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,” says Seacrest, adding, “He’ll be greatly missed by all of us.”

See more reactions to Kasem’s death here.

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