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Casey Kasem, Wholesome Voice of Pop Radio, Dies at 82 (NYT)
Casey Kasem, a disc jockey who never claimed to love rock ’n’ roll but who built a long and lucrative career from it, creating and hosting one of radio’s most popular syndicated pop music shows, American Top 40, died on Sunday in a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. He was 82. Mashable Kasem had Parkinson’s disease and dementia. His children took him off life support in a Washington hospice this week. HuffPost Kasem will be remembered as the “the king of countdowns.” He was best known for his work on American Top 40, which he hosted from 1970 to 1988, and again from 1998 until 2004, when he passed the job on to Ryan Seacrest. Kasem was also a talented voice-over artist, most famously voicing Scooby-Doo’s pal, Shaggy. THR Kasem said he wanted to be the “voice of the guy next door,” and his style was to accent the positive, considering each one of the hits a major accomplishment for each act involved. He never focused on the negative, such as a big drop-off for a particular song, and remained family-friendly. His shows also tugged at the heartstrings with such elements as “Long Distance Dedications.” Variety Kemal Amin Kasem was born in Detroit to parents who were Lebanese Druze immigrants. He graduated from Wayne State University. Kasem got his start in radio during the Korean War, working for Armed Forces Radio. Kasem was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Cover Battle: Fast Company or The New Republic

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This fight features Fast Company taking on The New Republic. For its latest issue, Fast Company went with a photograph of Anna Kendrick lying on what looks like a giant bed of hair. Gross. Imagine the dandruff that thing creates.

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Who is: The Perfect Sports Jeopardy! Host

According to Awful Announcing managing editor Matt Yodel, this fall’s jock-spinoff of the Alex Trebek staple with Dan Patrick hosting makes a lot of sense:

There’s a huge market out there for sports trivia and the addition of Patrick will immediately give this show credibility.

SportsJeopardy
AP got the tipped scoop from Crackle yesterday, ahead of today’s lunchtime NYC presser. On this morning’s Dan Patrick Show meanwhile, DP was repeatedly explaining to stream-feed viewers why he was all dressed up with a post-broadcast place to go. He also reminded that Sony has been trying to put together a sports version of its iconic quiz show for several decades.

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Report: Jeopardy! Eyeing Matt Lauer

Even though he doesn’t actually look 72, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is getting up there in age, which means replacement talks are in full swing.

The New York Post reports Today co-host Matt Lauer is at the top of the short list when Trebek steps down, as expected, in 2016.

The timing works as well from a contract standpoint — Lauer’s deal is up at 2015 and Trebek recently signed a new three-year deal that will run out in 2016.

The other name the NY Post tossed out was CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who’s a reported free agent at the end of 2014. Any official decision on Trebek’s replacement isn’t expected for another 18 months.

Next year will mark 30 years as host of Jeopardy! for for Trebek.  In recent years, he’s battled two minor heart attacks — the most recent one in 2012.

Upcoming Documentary Will Offer a Big Hooray for Canadians in Hollywood

Once again this holiday season, they’re everywhere on the American pop culture firmament. Martin Short hosted SNL’s Christmas show; Seth Rogen is road-tripping on the big screen with Barbra Streisand; and Cirque du Soleil is winding down Iris at the Dolby Theatre.

To celebrate the contributions of these and many other south-of-the-border entertainment industry Canucks, the British Columbia duo of Ian Ferguson and Leslie Bland are preparing the 2013 book and documentary double whammy Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood. As they recently explained to a reporter for their Victoria hometown newspaper the Times-Colonist, the goal with the doc is to have fun:

In lieu of typical talking-heads footage, they plan to shoot conversations with stars engaged in activities, such as potential sequences in which Lost star Evangeline Lilly would point out Canadian stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. If he’s available, Short might speak while shooting pool, or Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek could chat while slapping pucks around.

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Alex Trebek Searching for a Few More Good Soldiers

Following sessions at two U.S. bases in Italy, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is moving on to Germany as part of his 13th USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. Those lucky enough to make it through this less rigorous training will get to possibly participate in the 2013 edition of the program’s popular “Salute to the Military” week.

In addition to more meet-and-greets at Ramstein Air Base and the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Trebek will also take time to visit medical staff and recovering soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. This marks the 25th anniversary of the TV personality’s USO volunteer efforts.

He is joined on this latest trip by Ironman triathlete Kelly Miyahara, one of three members of the Jeopardy! Clue Crew. Created in 2001, the team of roving correspondents has recorded videotaped answers in 280 cities across 44 different countries.

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Alex Trebek Returns to Jeopardy!

One month after suffering a mild heart attack. Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek returned to work on Tuesday at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.

According to Sony publicist Phil Zimmerman, Trebek is “in good health and already planning home improvement projects.. The 29th season of Jeopardy! begins on Monday, Sept. 17.

Glad to see Trebek back at work. I can’t imagine who would host the nightly trivia show if something were to happen to him.

Photo: Courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

Alex Trebek Suffers Heart Attack, Won’t Miss Work

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek isn’t expected to miss any time at work after suffering a mild heart attack Saturday.

The 71-year-old was in “good spirits” at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Trebek previously suffered a heart attack in 2007.

“He is expected to fully recover and be back at Jeopardy! when production begins taping in July for the new season, the show’s 29th,” said Sony Television rep Paula Askanas.

It’s True: Alex Trebek is Fallible

Alex Trebek, known in some corners of the Internet as television’s smuggest bastard, sure puts on an air of omniscience when he hosts Jeopardy–like he somehow doesn’t need cue cards to know the answer to every trivia question ever devised. But Eddie Scarry over at our sister site FishbowlDC says things are a little different when you go to a Jeopardy taping in person. Scarry sat in the audience for the show’s “Teen Tournament” today and saw Trebek screw up badly–giving away the answer before any of the contestants had the chance to answer.

“Oh!” Trebek yelled when he realized he had given away the answer (Bethlehem). He joked that he hadn’t made a mistake like that in “a really long time.” Trebek stumbled to get back on track before the show’s producer stopped the recording. The “Jeopardy” crew took about 10 minutes figure out how to edit the flub out then picked back up.

You won’t see the mistake when the show airs later this summer…

We might not see it, but we sure will think about it next time Trebek put his smug bastard pants on.

Alex Trebek on Physical Therapy, Playing Jeopardy!

FishbowlLA had the chance to briefly chat with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek Tuesday during a roundtable interview following the opening of the quiz show’s Hall of Fame.

Is there a favorite moment that stands out during your time as host of Jeopardy!?

I think it’s difficult for me to single out one moment, but one that stands out very prominently occurred in our first Teen Tournament when I interviewed a young girl named Dana Venator, who played the bagpipes. She was from near Atlanta and she used to go outside her house and into the woods to practice because she didn’t want to disturb the neighbors. I thought that was so sweet. We did a retrospective many years later and she was grown up, working, and doing well. It brought back such wonderful memories for me. When you think about a 13 or 14-year-old girl playing the bagpipes, that’s kind of neat.

What does the Hall of Fame say about Jeopardy! as a show?

Well, I think it says you’re looking at a successful television program. One that’s been successful for 27 years in its current incarnation and of course it was on for 10 years on the NBC television network in the ’60s and early ’70s. It’s a quality program and there are a lot of tours that come through the Sony Studios. This was a way of making it extra special for them.

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