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Casey Kasem, radio legend

I well recall the day 41 years ago when I first heard radio host Casey Kasem, his warmly hypnotic voice so exuding the equally warm and comforting notion that music can and does bring people together. ("Casey Kasem dies at 82; radio personality hosted Top 40 countdown show," Obituary, June 15)

A decade later, in March 1983, I would have a long-distance dedication ("Beautiful Noise") aired on "American Top 40" for a close friend. While that Neil Diamond song is an homage to the wondrously chaotic "noise" of a city street, I could never in good conscience use such a term when describing the voice of Kasem.

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For that, I can only use "sound." That beautiful sound.

Rest in peace, Casey.

William P. Bekkala

West Hollywood

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