The death of Casey Kasem, the longtime disc jockey and host of the syndicated radio program “American Top 40,” has brought appreciations and remembrances from around the world.
It also brought this reminiscence from Mike Igoe, formerly of Channel 2, who recalled Kasem’s stint in Buffalo.
“You’re probably aware that he worked for WBNY in Buffalo,” wrote Igoe. “I’m writing because I reacted with him quite a few times at the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethon conference that was often held in Los Angeles. During that time, I was the main Buffalo host, he was the guy from L.A. I was always impressed that he actually WENT to the conference and ACTIVELY participated in all the seminars. He, of course, was a well-known and well-polished professional.
“He was always very accessible and quite funny. I think he told me he was fired from WBNY and it was the best thing that ever happened to him. It was after that that he really started to take off.
“He was also the voice of Shaggy in the ‘Scooby Doo’ cartoon.”
And when Igoe made a presentation following Kasem’s at one meeting of broadcasters, he couldn’t resist saying how honored he was to follow a man known for such comments as “Zoinks … the ghost is Ranger Jones!”