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This I promise you and thank you Casey Kasem for 40 years of America's Top 40

This I promise you and thank you Casey Kasem
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For four decades in four states your customer service reporter worked himself through college and graduate school working as a weekend anchor for WNOK and KTLQ and KEOK. The day in 1976 when the Federal Communications Commission license arrived in the mail was a very happy day indeed.

The positions were great because they permitted time to study when hour long programs were on the air. The Gospel Hour was a favorite at KTLQ, The Power Hour was wonderful at KEOK; however, listening to the unique and friendly voice of Casey Kasem on American Top Forty at WNOK from 1972 to 1982 was a great time. Listening to Casey Kasem in 1972 was an inspiration.

Casey had the ability to share priceless nuggets of information with each artist that made his show special. His success with his show made him an American favorite. His life after being the host of one of the most successful programs in history has taken a sad turn as private family matters have become public.

However, his ordeal also underscores the seriousness of a marriage license and the reason the legal document should be framed and on the wall of every married couple. The power of a wife in all legal affairs with her husband overrides any other voice within a family. The wife has total power to care for her husband.

A wife has the power to decide where her husband lives, where he vacations, where he works, and where he goes to church. A wife decides what her husband eats and does not eat. A wife is a very powerful force in a husband's life. Ralph Lynch shared over 50 years of marriage to his wife, Evelyn, as he became a radio legend in Oklahoma.

It is ironic that American Top 40 and radio business owner Casey Kasem, whose voice entertained over 30 million Americans, cannot speak today. Yet, the truth is his legal marriage license. Across America as these lines are written American wives are making life and death decisions for their husbands. Casey Kasem gave advice on relationships as part of his broadcasts.

A DC husband, married for 50 years, had the opportunity to move to Los Angeles to star in a hit television show. He told the producers no thank you because his wife did not want him to move to California. He never regretted the decision because he loves his wife. Casey Kasem said he also loves his wife. Married couples frequently make sacrifices to remain together and to honor their promise.

As the world peered inside the private life of Casey Kasem it was clear that the one true thing in his life was music and the love he has for his wife. The marriage vow was meant to cover every possible condition that occurs in life. "In sickness and health, for richer or poorer, until death do you part." Few things are as clear as the promise made in the marriage vow.

For the present writer, making a lifetime decision at 28 years of age for the groom and 24 years of age for the bride, to commit a life together in 1984 seemed like an amazing thing for a man and woman to do thirty years ago. But since men and women made wedding vows in Rome in 17 BC, there have been many married couples to keep their wedding promise for 30, 40, 50, and in some cases 60 years. Although there have been changes to the vow over the years the basic promise remains the same.

“I, ____, take you, ____, to be my lawfully wedded(husband/wife), to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part. The priest will then say aloud "You have declared your consent before the Church. May the Lord in his goodness strengthen your consent and fill you both with his blessings. What God has joined, men must not divide. Amen.”

It is good to know that Casey Kasem is safe with his wife. His service on American Top 40 will always be one of the longest radio shows in American history. And the advice he gave to millions of American couples remains true today.

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