By Garland Pollard
Yes, you can still catch Casey Kasem’s original 1970s American Top 40 radio shows on your local FM. The shows have returned from a tape morgue in Hollywood, and have been completely remastered. They were remastered by “syndicated radio junkies” at the Cabot, Arkansas based audio restoration firm Charis Music Group. Charis has posted original “Cue sheets” on its website so nostalgia junkies like us can read along with the shows.
Last year, Premiere Radio Networks “unlocked the vault” and is now syndicating these old shows across the U.S. Ryan Seacrest hosts the current American Top 40; Kasem did the original. Premiere is a good place for the reruns; it is home to Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura. Learn more online at www.premiereradio.com, where there is a demo Mp3 of the show.
The shows were originally sent out via LP record; many copies of the show were given out to radio listeners (BrandlandUSA’s sister got one in the 1980s from d.j. Jim Payne at Tappahannock’s 105.5 WRAR). The show died; Kasem brought it back in 1998.
Looking back on the show, it’s amazing how well it all holds up, though we don’t remember the techno intro music (called the “Shuckatoom” theme) when we listened to Casey in the late 1970s on WGH AM 1310, though we are sure it was there. A bit about the show from the Premiere Radio Networks website:
“For the first time ever, these digitally remastered are now available to terrestrial radio. These full 3-hour length classic American Top 40 shows from 1970-1978, all in their original broadcast form.”
May the humble “Long Distance Dedication” live on forever! Says Casey, “Keep your feet on the Ground. And keep reaching for the stars.”
Read BrandlandUSA’s post on the importance of the audio programs made for America’s airlines like TWA and Pan Am at Pneumatic Airline Music of the 1970s.