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The radio voice of a new generation is remembering one of his personal idols.  Ryan Seacrest is paying tribute to "Classic AT40" host Casey Kasem following the news of his death

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Seacrest, who took over for Kasem on "Top 40" in 2004, says in a statement that "it's a sad day for the broadcasting community and for radio listeners around the world."  The "American Idol" host recalls tuning into the program every weekend as a kid and dreaming about being on the airwaves. 

Kasem was 82 when he passed away over the weekend.  He had been in a Washington-state hospice.  

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