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Kasem Retires After Nearly 40 Years Of Top 40s

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Kasem Retires After Nearly 40 Years Of Top 40s

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Kasem Retires After Nearly 40 Years Of Top 40s

Kasem Retires After Nearly 40 Years Of Top 40s

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Thirty-nine years to the day after his first American Top 40 broadcast, radio host Casey Kasem signed off on his final broadcast and entered retirement. Kasem's countdowns aired across the U.S., peppered with his signature dedications and bits of music trivia.

Washington Post staff writer Paul Farhi looks back at Kasem's pop music career, and the way his influence changed over the decades.

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