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Local DJs reflect on loss of radio legend

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“Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars,” is the radio sign off that Q105 DJ Dave “Flash” Morgan will never forget.

“It was on every Sunday, so what we would do is we would turn it on, on our way to church and then we would get out of church just in time to get the top 3 on the way home,” said Morgan as he remembered radio legend Casey Kasem Sunday.

Kasem died Sunday morning at a hospital in Washington state, according to his family. He was 82.

“He was such a friendly personable guy, you felt like you had a relationship with the guy and you never met him,” Morgan said.

Kasem began his radio career in the 1950s while serving in the U.S. Army. Over several decades he brought Americans the Top40 countdown on Sunday mornings. Kasem also was a voice actor and was the voice of Shaggy on the television cartoon program Scooby-Doo.

“I’d be glued to it," said John Harris of Asylum Record Shop in St. Petersburg. "I would be sitting up at the beach listening to him and just getting into the songs. He would have a story for every song.”

“Quite informative helped stir my passion to music, to become what it is today,” said Harris.

WILD 94.1 DJ Jabbar “J-Buggs” Graham compared Kasem’s transcendence of races to Michael Jackson.

“For Casey Kasem to reach my household in the projects of Miami, it was like ‘yo mom, who is this guy?,” Graham said.

“He broke a lot of barriers.”

Kasem’s last year of life was marked by controversy as his wife and children publicly battled over Kasem’s healthcare. Kasem’s daughter said he passed away Sunday surrounded by family.



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