Radio countdown legend Casey Kasem is coming back! "Casey's Top 40, With Casey Kasem," a new four-hour show by Westwood One Radio Networks, will debut on KCPX (FM-98.7, alias "Power 99") Sunday starting at 8 a.m.
An entire generation of radio listeners have grown up with Casey's countdown show since 1970. His trademark is weaving dramatic but true stories about popular musical artists, along with a personal touch of listener dedications and requests, into a professional style of broadcasting. Those traditions will continue with his new show on KCPX.Kasem, a native of Detroit, started his radio career in college. Like Dick Clark, Kasem seems to be able to hold off the aging process in personal appearance and always generates a lot of enthusiastic energy.
Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame honored Kasem with his own star in 1981. In 1985, he was the youngest member ever inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters' Radio Hall of Fame.
- In last week's article on the latest Birch radio ratings (Fall Book), Gary Zane's name was omitted. Zane is the KCPX disc jockey responsible for earning the No. 1 ranking in afternoon drive time (2 to 6 p.m.). Zane was measured as being the most-listened to "p.m." deejay along the Wasatch Front.
-KSL (AM-1160) The "Sportscentral" show will feature a Super Bowl preview tonight at 6:30 p.m.
The station will air the BYU at Colorado State basketball game Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Super Bowl will air Sunday at 2:45 p.m. on KSL.
-RADIO STATIONS KLZX (FM-93.3) and KUTR (AM-860) are involved with "Operation Warm" - collecting winter coats for persons housed in Salt Lake's new homeless shelter - until Feb. 3.
Coats, especially children's coats, should be delivered to one of the four "Village Cleaners" locations in Salt Lake County, where they will be dry cleaned for free prior to donation.
More than 742 coats had been donated by the end of last week.