WDET's Ismael Ahmed Remembers Casey Kasem

June 16, 2014

By Pat Batcheller

"He really always stayed grounded with regular people."

WDET host Ismael Ahmed, remembering Casey Kasem.

Legendary radio host Casey Kasem died Sunday after a long illness. He was 82. He co-created and hosted the weekly "American Top 40" countdown in 1970, playing Billboard Magazine's most popular songs in the United States. Kasem signed off as host in 2009. He also voiced commercials and cartoons. Kemal Amin Kasem was born in Detroit in 1932, joined the radio club at Northwestern High School, and attended Wayne State University. Music was one of his passions. Arab-American history and culture was another. He was proud of his Lebanese heritage, and chronicled the history of Arabs in the U.S. He shared that interest with Ismael Ahmed, host of "This Island Earth" on WDET. Ahmed shared his memories of Casey Kasem with WDET's Pat Batcheller. Click on the audio links above to hear the conversation.