Friend remembers Casey Kasem’s lasting career, time spent in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Casey Kasem's passing is certainly making an impact here in Northeast Ohio.

The broadcasting icon, who passed away Sunday at the age of 82, made lasting relationships through the years right here in Cleveland.

One example of a strong bond is Kasem, and another radio legend, Cleveland's Larry Morrow.

"One of the most genuine talents we've ever had in this business," Morrow said.

Morrow worked in Cleveland radio for decades, and considered Kasem a friend.

"I've always felt that long distance relationships are felt at the heart level not the head level, and Casey was one of those guys he cared about your heart," Morrow explained.

The two crossed paths in the 90s when Kasem was in town for the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

"To this day I put on his tapes, just to hear him talk," Morrow said. "I think what made Casey different, his voice, nobody had a voice like that. Those of us in radio, hopefully we have pleasant voices, but Casey had one of those voices that you couldn't duplicate," he added.

Kasem's voice helped make a lasting career, with some important time spent here in Cleveland.

"Casey came here in the 50s, and he was on the air at WJW-50 and then Dick Clark stole him away in the 60s and then in the 70s he created American Top 40 and then he was really on his way," Morrow said.

But Kasem always made time to come back.

Kasem even made a stop at the Fox 8 Studios back in 2003.

Morrow once asked Kasem during a one-on-one radio interview:

"What's your feeling now as you are back in Cleveland looking at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?" asked Morrow.

"Someone said it beautifully, it's a compilation of his greatest hits," Kasem said.

Morrow tells Fox 8 during that interview he congratulated Kasem on being inducted into the Broadcaster's Hall of Fame in Chicago.

Kasem told Morrow that he would, too, be inducted one day.

Sure enough, Morrow was.

Kasem led the way to get him nominated.

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