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Casey Kasem Issue Inspires New California Law

Friday May 30, 2014
On the heels of Casey Kasem's wife, Jean, being required to appear in court today the state of California is working towards protecting the rights of children to see their parents. (Photo by Alan Light, Creative Commons)

Radio industry publication, Allaccess.com, reports the California Assembly has voted 70-0 in favor of legislation that would "...provide reasonable accommodations for adult children who want to visit their parents."

Casey Kasem's adult children have been at odds with Kasem's wife over the famous deejay's care. Kasem, now 82 and suffering from a form of dementia, has been at the center of this ongoing dispute. Earlier this month Kasem's daughter, Kerri, voiced concern that her father was missing. It turned out Casey and Jean were staying with friends in Kitsap County, Washington.

Casey Kasem is best known as the first and longest-running host of the syndicated radio show, American Top 40. He has also gained fame for his voice characterizations like "Shaggy" from the Scooby Doo cartoons.

College Radio Station Raises Funds with Genitals

Wednesday May 28, 2014
Here's an amusing story out of San Luis Obispo, home of California Polytechnic State University and that institution's non-profit, student-run radio station.

According to calcoastnews.com two hosts on KCPR-FM promised pics of their genitals and rectums to people who pledged $20 dollars during their April fundraiser. It had to be cash, by the way.

The hosts had a show called Getting It In which covered various sexual topics. I'm sure you won't be too surprised that the hosts were pulled, the show is gone, and nobody in any department at the University seems to want to comment on it.

KCPR-FM is available locally at 91.3 and through the Internet by visiting the listen page.

This Week in Radio History: 5/25 - 5/31

Monday May 26, 2014
Here are a few highlights from this week in radio history. Click linked dates for more.

5/25 - On this day in 1954, Alison Stern, former wife of Radio shock jock, Howard Stern, was born.

5/26 - On this day in 1989, Radio stations staged 30 seconds of silence at 7:42 AM (EST), to honor Radio.

5/27 - On this day in 1957, CHUM-AM became Canada's first Top 40 formated Radio station.

5/28 - On this day in 1998, actor/comedian, Phil Hartman, was shot to death while asleep by his wife. He was 49. Hartman starred in the TV sitcom, "NewsRadio."

5/29 - On this day in 1979, "The Source", considered Radio's first rock news network, debuted.

5/30 - On this day in 1894, Radio comedian, Fred Allen, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Best known for The Fred Allen Show.

5/31 - On this day in On May 31, 1999, WABC-AM, New York, presented "WABC Rewound" where the news/talk station broadcast airchecks from its glory days when it was a Top 40 formatted music Radio station.

SiriusXM Memorial Day Specials - and More

Friday May 23, 2014
Got some time on your hands during this long 3-day weekend? If you're a subscriber to SiriusXM Satellite Radio there's a lot of special programming throughout the holiday. Plus, the service recently announced some other big projects. See what it's all about.

Memorial Day - Radio's Role in War

Wednesday May 21, 2014
Radio has long been used as another weapon in war, mainly as a propaganda tool. From broadcasts aimed at Iraq by U.S. forces against Saddam Hussein, to North Vietnam's "Hanoi Hannah" during the Vietnam War, Germany's "Axis Sally", and Japan's "Tokyo Rose" in World War II, Radio has been used by the good guys and the bad guys. Read more.

This Week in Radio History: 05/18 - 05/24

Monday May 19, 2014
Here are a few highlights from this week in radio history. Click highlighted dates for more from that particular day.

05/18 - On this day in 1974, the #1 Popular song on the Radio was "The Streak" by Ray Stevens.

05/19 - On this day in 1960, the man who coined the term, "Rock And Roll", Alan Freed, along with 8 other disc-jockeys were accused of taking payola. Payola was money privately paid to DJs by record companies or record promoters to get their records played on the Radio.

05/20 - On this day in 1985, the United States began broadcasting to Cuban citizens on "Radio Marti."

05/21 - On this day in 1921, the oldest Radio station west of the Mississippi River was licensed to Greeley, Colorado.

05/23 - On this day in 1926, Christian broadcaster, Wilbur Nelson, was born. Best known as host of "The Morning Chapel Hour".

05/24 - On this day in 1940, Dutch Queen Wilhelmina spoke on BBC Radio.

Viral Hits: Casey Kasem and Jay Z

Friday May 16, 2014
Two celebrities captured the attention of the American public this week: the elevator surveillance video of Jay Z getting smacked by his sister-in-law and a report that famous deejay Casey Kasem was "missing."

Both stories went viral and with a commonality between them: a famous recording star and a famous deejay who made his name playing the hits of recording stars. Yet, there is something else I find intriguing about both these stories in the same week and I will tell you if you continue reading... (Right: Casey Kasem at the 1989 Emmy Awards. Photo by Alan Light, Creative Commons)

Where in the World is Casey Kasem?

Wednesday May 14, 2014
That's what people have been asking for the past few days. The 82-year-old radio icon was being cared for by his wife, Jean, who has been at odds with Kasem's grown children Kerri, Julie, and Mike over his care. (Right: Casey Kasem Publicity Photo)

Yesterday, Kerri accused Jean Kasem of "hiding with my dad" and claimed he had been "kidnapped" according to nydailynews.com.

One report from ctvnew.ca speculates Casey Kasem may be in Canada. Kerri Kasem has even said he might be stowed away on an Indian reservation.

On Monday, a judge ordered an investigation into the deejay's whereabouts.

Casey Kasem is best known as the original host of American Top 40 which began July 4, 1970. He is also known for voice-overs in radio and TV and the voice of the cartoon character "Shaggy."

Update: CNN reports: "Kitsap County sheriff's deputies performed a welfare check Tuesday at an address...[and]...found Casey and his wife visiting others at a home." He appeared to be receiving proper care and was not in "distress."

This Week in Radio History: 05/11 - 05/17

Monday May 12, 2014
Here are a few highlights from this week in radio history. Click specific dates with links for more from that particular date.

05/11 - On this day in 1904, Dutch Radio announcer Guus Weitzel was born.

05/12 - On this day in 1908, the wireless telephone (using voice frequency induction) was patented by Nathan B. Stubblefield

05/13 - On this day in 1943, German occupiers confiscated all radios.

05/14 - On this day in 1967 English Pirate Radio Station 270 ceased broadcasting.

05/15 - On this day in 1971, Radio Nordsee International was bombed on the ship it broadcasted from.

05/16 - On this day in 1925, WHAS-AM, Louisville, Kentucky, originated the first network broadcast of the Kentucky Derby.

05/17 - On this day in 1938, the Radio quiz show "Information Please!" premiered on the NBC Blue Network.

Tunein Radio Gets Social

Friday May 9, 2014
Tunein has been around since 2002 and since that time the audio network has grown to offer over 100,000 real radio stations and 4 million podcasts and on-demand programs.

Now, with 50 million active users, Tunein is introducing new features to promote more customization and social networking. Is this the new Facebook for radio streaming? Read more.

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