In memory of Casey Kasem
Casey Kasem passed away on June 15, 2014 at the age of 82. His legendary career spanned decades and included radio, TV and voice-acting. But he is perhaps most fondly remembered as the host of the "American Top 40" and later "Casey's Top 40" countdown shows. His unique delivery, and detailed stories behind the hits, became a weekly listening habit for millions. AT-40 began at Watermark in 1970 with custom jingles created by PAMS. In the 80s, JAM was selected to produce the themes and jingles for the show, which at that time was heard on nearly 1000 stations worldwide. When Casey moved to Westwood One in the '90s, he brought JAM along for the ride and we created the custom musical material for all of his shows there.
The inscription on this photo is very hard to see (it's blue pen on a black picture), but it reads "To the crew at JAM: You're #1! - Casey Kasem". Thanks, Casey, and keep reaching for the stars.
Hear a few audio memories below.
Here's a typical segment from "American Top 40" from the show which aired the weekend of March 24, 1984. All of the jingles are from JAM.
Here are the ending credits from "Casey's Top 40" from the show which aired the weekend of June 8, 1996. The big sound of the opening and closing themes which we produced for Casey's shows were always designed to enhance the idea that this was a special program coming "from Hollywood". Listen for the JAM credit at 1:05.
On the occasion of JAM's 20th anniversary in 1994, we received this special happy birthday greeting. Thanks to Casey (and Ron Harris).
Enter the JAM website to hear our latest releases.
If you explore the site, you'll also find much more audio, photos, airchecks and plenty of jingle history.
And don't forget to sign up for JAM e-mail updates while you're there.