Growing up with Casey Kasem

Any kid born in the 80s will know Casey Kasem. He was essentially the guy who occupied one hour of my time, four days a week.

His show American Top 40 used to air at 10pm every night on Radio 4 (now Traxx FM) in Malaysia.

Though it was supposed to be my bedtime, Iโ€™d plug a earphone into the Sony transmitter radio above my bed and pretend to sleep as I listened to his commentary and anecdotes on the artistes and songs he played.

My dad collected antiques radios including old Sony transmitter radios

Sometimes, Iโ€™d record my favourite and popular tunes on another Sony radio cassette player we had. The era of mixed tapes!

The kinda cassettes I used for mixed tapes

There were many groups and solo singers during that time but the ones that hit the airwaves most often at that time (ones I remember at least) were Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, Starship, Atlantic Star, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, the Bangles, Bananarama, Guns and Roses, Van Halen, A-Ha, Bobby Brown, Wham … etc.

I had those corny lace gloves, wore court shoes with folded socks, wore a band with a bow for my hair and tutu like skirts for a while ala Madonna and Bananrama ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜†

So if there is anyone I need to thank for taking my hand and walking me through the world of music – it has to be Casey Kasem.

Thank you! Wherever you are … ๐Ÿ’•

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Vinod says:

    Before it was called Radio 4, it was the Blue Network. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    1. Yes, I remember that … now that you mentioned it. Used to try and record songs being played on the radioโ€™s cassette recorder, but the start and endings were always messed up by talkative deejay! ๐Ÿ˜‚


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