Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Harry Handy on Casey Kasem (Blogophilia 17.7)

Hey, Heidy and Howdy. It is ME! Harry Handy, your handy dandy old time DJ here on WOFT.  Always here for you Geritol Guys and Miralax Gals. 

And being of Geritol age, we ask "What, Nephew, is that wind at the door".  I am, of course, talking about that legend of legends, Mr. Casey Kasem, who found the stars finally this week.  I can hear you ladies say "Please say it isn't so." But like all of us, his contract here on earth was cancelled.

Like most of us vinyl pushers, I looked at Casey as a role model. Someone to structure my schtick by.  Here is a good example of the man in action:



No sloth in that man.

Every week, his pride and lust for popular music shown in his voice and demeanor.  Tightly structured, the show moved from song to song effortlessly.  There were always rumors he was on Capitol or Columbia's payroll. But his audience never paid that any mind.

He was also a well known voice over artist. Everyone knows his most famous character.


Even as an adult, I would watch the show in various stages of drunkenness. I sit there and would wonder if it was true that underneath the frumpy clothes, Velma was better looking than Daphne. I always guessed she would be more fun, if you know what I mean (and I know you do).

And stoned Shaggy always would be killing the munchies with Pizza and Scooby Snacks, running scared from the fake bogeyman.

Anyway, Kasem is cancelled.

Makes me wonder how my ratings have been. 


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Keep forgetting....

Topic- Dave Raider

Pic-Nina Nixon

Pic guesses.

On the road.
Reaching for the stars
On to Broadway.
Windswept
Desert Flower
Leaving
Leaving home

21 comments:

  1. Yours is probably the nicest and most sensitive eulogy I have see for this fellow.

    Oh, and for my money, Velma is hot as a constable's revolver.

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    1. Oh, I'd take Velma's glasses off.

      Of course, that would be an advantage.

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  2. Touching tribute to a voice of our youth

    TM

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    1. Funny thing was, Kasem wasn't on any of the big Atlanta stations consistently. Back in the day, Atlanta was a top five market that set trends. Most of my exposure was from the television wrap up show.

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    1. Yes, it was. I imagine the final affairs are going to be as contentious as the end of life. No joy between those parties.

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  4. One of the most active supporters of music this planet has ever seen.
    Great tribute to him! And stoned Shaggy, spot on!

    8 points Earthling! :)

    Marvin

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  5. Nice!
    I use to listen to his top 40 show every Sunday morning. The best thing on the radio then and now it still would be.

    Blue fool

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  6. Such a wonderful tribute to one of my favorites. Brings back lots of memories.

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  7. Radio as we knew it growing up is gone. Kids today don't know what they're missing. It was more than just the music, it was the feeling of camaraderie between the DJs and their audience. Excellent tribute here.

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    1. That started going away in the mid 1980's when Clear Channel started and they realized they could syndicate playlists between markets much cheaper than having each station do them. Now, the "talent" only exists to sell advertising for some useless product.

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  8. I remember as a kid always wanting to hear the top 40 on Sun mornings. The memories :)

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  9. No one can replace him, that's for sure! Great tribute

    Irene

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  10. wonderful tribute! I used to listen to AT40 every week as a youngster!
    jay

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  11. I loved Scooby Doo and listening to the top 40 as a kid.

    ~~DJ

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