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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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Networks Scramble to Cover Asiana Airlines Flight 214 (HuffPost)
News of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday sent broadcast and cable networks scrambling for coverage. Cable networks including MSNBC, CNN and Fox News broke into wall-to-wall coverage of the event after reporting the crash around 3 p.m. ET. CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield and Don Lemon anchored hours of coverage, as did MSNBC’s Craig Melvin and Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett and Heather Childers. MSNBC was live through 11 p.m. Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren hosted a two-hour special from 9-11 p.m. ET. Fox News aired two more hours of special coverage, lasting until 1 a.m. TVNewser ABC News produced a special report, with David Muir anchoring, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:02 p.m. NBC News’ Lester Holt anchored a three-minute special report at 3:30 p.m. On CBS, Jim Axelrod anchored a special report at 3:55 p.m. THR Passenger David Eun, a Samsung exec who was formerly president of AOL Media and Studios, posted his first tweets at 12:13 p.m., within minutes of the crash-landing and fire. Eun, a Harvard Law graduate who also has worked at NBC, calmly posted short but clear bulletins on the crash and the condition of the passengers. San Francisco Chronicle As Eun’s posts came to light, media entities sought him out. At one point CNN asked him to get on the phone for an interview, but he declined. “I don’t want to divert attention away from crash,” he tweeted. “[I] posted updates to let everyone know that majority of passengers seem OK.” NBCNews / Technology Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that she, her family and some of her colleagues from the company had originally planned to take Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea. “We switched to United so we could use miles for my family’s tickets,” she wrote. “Our flight was scheduled to come in at the same time, but we were early and landed about 20 minutes before the crash.” Valleywag It’s not news when someone isn’t somewhere, but Facebook’s top celebrity author sure convinced the Internet otherwise: Sandberg had thousands buzzing about the fact that she was not aboard a crashed plane, despite zero initial reports that she ever was. Read more

Brian Williams Doesn’t Like ‘Rock Center with Brian Williams’

Count Brian Williams among the many people who don’t like Rock Center with Brian Williams. According to the New York Post, Williams is going to separate himself from the struggling show, which has been shuffled to four different time slots already.

Sources claimed that with the latest shift (starting February 8, Rock Center will air at 10 p.m. on Fridays) Williams “will start distancing himself from the show. It may even no longer be called ‘… With Brian Williams’ and other people will start anchoring the show.”

Apparently with low ratings piling up, there is some uncertainty as to whether Rock Center will continue, and Williams wants to save face if the show is canned. But c’mon, how could anyone stay mad at Williams? Look at that hair. And that smirk! Only people who are good inside/very, very rich smirk like that.