Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem, (born on April 27, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan) is an American radio personality and voice actor.
Kasem founded the popular American Top 40 franchise in 1970, hosting it from 1970 to 1988 and then from 1998 to 2004. Between 1989 to 1998, he was the host of Casey’s Top 40, Casey’s Hot 20, and Casey’s Countdown.
Kasem is of Lebanese Druze heritage, and is a vegan.
From Dr McDougal’s website:
Radio personality and voice actor Casey Kasem talks with Dr. McDougall about the social issues that led him to a vegan diet. As a child Kasem says he didn’t feel right about eating meat, and today feels compelled to educate others about industrialized agriculture and the poor living conditions of chickens, pigs, and calves. As a well-known celebrity and an outspoken animal rights activist, Kasem says he is not deterred by any potential backlash from sharing his progressive views with America: “I feel that this is much more important than if I do another commercial or if I get another sponsor for my radio show,” he says. “What’s terrific today is the idea that as a vegetarian you are not only making a contribution to the animals, but also to your health and the safety of the planet,” says Kasem.
Note: This is a taped interview from “Your Good Health” (12/19/90), hosted by Dr. McDougall.
Download Casey Kasem (taped interview) – Duration: 33:07 (9.48 MB from drmcdougall.com)