Kasem back on ‘American’

DJ re-launches 'Top 40' hit-radio format

Radio legend Casey Kasem, who has been separated from his syndicated radio countdown program title “American Top 40” for the past several years due to ownership issues, has been reunited with the handle via a new agreement announced Monday between Kasem and the Dallas-based AMFM Radio Networks.

Kasem will be reunited later this spring with the show — the much-lampooned “American Top 40 With Casey Kasem” — and the format that’s virtually synonymous with hit-radio. Show will be launched on some 350 radio stations across the United States (locally on KBIG-FM).

Kasem, who is also the onetime voice of NBC, has recently hosted radio countdown shows under the Westwood One banner. But as the “American Top 40” name was owned by Watermark, Kasem was prohibited from using the title. His programs were instead called “Casey’s Countdown” and “Casey’s Top 40.”

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