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Mourners hear Kasem’s voice at private memorial
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FILE – In this Oct. 27, 2003 file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, according to Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem’s daughter, Kerri. He was 82. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, file)

FILE – In this Oct. 27, 2003 file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, according to Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem’s daughter, Kerri. He was 82. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, file)

FILE – In this Oct. 27, 2003 file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, according to Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem’s daughter, Kerri. He was 82. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, file)

FILE – This July 29, 2003 file photo shows radio personality Casey Kasem at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, according to Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem’s daughter, Kerri. He was 82. (AP Photo/David G. Massey, file)

FILE – In this Sept. 20, 1987 file photo, Casey Kasem, along with his wife Jean Kasem arrives at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, according to Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem’s daughter, Kerri. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)

FILE – In this April 27, 1981 file photo, Casey Kasem and his wife Jean smile as he receives his own “Star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, according to Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem’s daughter, Kerri. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Kasem’s family and close friends celebrated him in the same way much of America did — by listening to his unmistakable radio voice.

Mourners at a small private memorial Saturday for Kasem heard his old radio shows, including “American Top 40,” where he introduced music from Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and the Bee Gees.

The ceremony came a week after Kasem’s death in Gig Harbor, Washington, at age 82.

Family representative Danny Deraney tells The Associated Press that about 100 family members, close friends and business associates gathered at the memorial at a church in the Bel Air neighborhood.

Kasem’s three children all spoke, and pop music arranger David Campbell played a violin version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns,” one of Kasem’s favorite songs.

Associated Press

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