Like tens of millions growing up in the 1980s, Mr. Kasem was like the voice of God to me. His was the definitive voice to know where are favorite songs stood in the rankings. We listened to Mr. Kasem on our radios and Walkmans, waiting with baited breath to find out if our song had made it to number one. We held back the tears as he did the vaunted Long Distance Dedication and we penned our own, hoping that maybe, just maybe, we would hear them.
But the voice of my youth has been silent for many years and now may Casey Kasem rest in peace. That is my long distance dedication.