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  • Bitter Blood: Kasem V Kasem Trailer

    Jun 7 2021
    Casey Kasem is best known as a radio icon and legendary voice behind America’s Top 40 who left an indelible mark on pop culture. But many don’t know the saga of Kasem’s oldest children and second wife. In 2014, Casey Kasem is dying, and about to leave behind an estate worth up to 100 million dollars. His family goes to war, with both sides accusing the other of going after his money and killing the man who changed American radio. But this battle is only the climax of a tragic and dramatic family feud that began decades before. Bitter Blood: Kasem V Kasem is an exclusive look at what really happened inside this famous family and what drove them to the brink, told through exclusive interviews and archival audio materials.
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  • Episode 1: Cover of Darkness

    Jun 15 2021
    In the middle of the night, an ailing Casey Kasem is taken from his hospital bed, against doctor’s orders, and vanishes. His three oldest children from his previous marriage are devastated and terrified. His disappearance is the culmination of a decades long family feud.
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    34 mins
  • Episode 2: Reaching for the Stars

    Jun 15 2021
    Casey Kasem, a child of Lebanese immigrants, has a difficult childhood. But he eventually fulfills his show business dreams: growing up to become a pop culture legend. He creates the radio show America’s Top 40 and becomes the voice of Shaggy in Scooby Doo. He marries actress Linda Myers and has three children. But when they get divorced and he re-marries another actress, cracks in the foundation of his success story begin to form.
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    36 mins

Publisher's Summary

Casey Kasem is best known as a radio icon and legendary voice behind America’s Top 40 who left an indelible mark on pop culture. But many don’t know the saga of Kasem’s oldest children and second wife. In 2014, Casey Kasem is dying, and about to leave behind an estate worth up to 100 million dollars. His family goes to war, with both sides accusing the other of going after his money and killing the man who changed American radio. But this battle is only the climax of a tragic and dramatic family feud that began decades before. Bitter Blood: Kasem V Kasem is an exclusive look at what really happened inside this famous family and what drove them to the brink, told through exclusive interviews and archival audio materials.
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About the Executive Producer

Kerri Kasem, a multimedia personality, producer, and writer, has anchored music, talk, and entertainment programs for radio and television. 2018 marks her 21st year in the business. In February 2010, she joined Premiere Radio Networks for the launch of Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown. In April 2014, she left Sixx Sense to form the Kasem Cares Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has successfully passed bills in multiple states to stop elder abuse. Soon after her exit from Sixx Sense, Kasem joined Gurvey’s Law on 790KABC.
In addition to cohosting Gurvey’s Law, Kasem cohosts the syndicated Red Carpet Radio for Cumulus Media, heard on 300 stations across the US, and Get Mortgage Fit on 170 stations.
In 2014, Kasem made her return to TV, hosting segments for ABC’s Rising Star. She previously served as cohost of the nationally syndicated Racing Rocks with Riki Rachtman for nearly seven years. She has produced and hosted shows for MTV Asia, National Lampoon and Sprint. Her credits include hosting on MTV USA and Asia, America's Funniest Home Videos and Coming Attractions on the E! Network, FOX News, SiTV’s The Rub, and UFC programs Ultimate Knockouts 3, Ultimate, and Ultimate Knockouts for the UFC and SPIKE as well as a motorcycle travel show for Sprint called SEE America. She has also co-hosted mornings with Alan Stock on KXNT in Las Vegas and The Solomon Free Money Hour on Angels AM-830. She co-hosted Protecting Your Family with attorney Naz Barouti and spent six years on 97.1 FM TALK in Los Angeles. She has been featured in dozens of magazines.
Kasem founded the Kasem Cares Foundation to establish and fight for the rights to have visitation and reasonable access to an ailing parent, especially when under the care and control of an uncooperative spouse or sibling. The Kasem Cares "Visitation Bill" has been passed in 12 states so far (California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Louisiana, Virginia, Alabama, Wisconsin, Illinois, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Maryland) with nine other states adopting a version, to make it a total of 21 states.
On April 27, 2014, her father Casey Kasem’s birthday, she was awarded a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her foundation’s "dedication to fighting elder abuse and protecting the integrity of the family unit through advocacy." In 2016, at the Kasem Cares Conference on Aging, Assemblyman Mike Gatto gave Kasem Cares the California Assembly Certificate of Recognition.
Kasem has made guest appearances on The View, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, The Doctors, Piers Morgan, Good Day LA, Fox and Friends, Greta Van Susteren, among others.

About the Executive Producer

Aliza Rosen is the founder and president of AYR Media, a full-service production company focused on premium unscripted and documentary content encompassing podcasts, television, and film.
A veteran producer and development executive with expertise across all mediums, Rosen launched AYR in 2019. The company has a diverse slate of premium podcasts set with Audible/Amazon Studios and iHeart Media—more than five new shows launching in 2021 alone—with additional projects and IP in development for television/streaming and podcasting.
Rosen previously co-created and executive-produced CBS’s The Case Of: Jon Benet Ramsey, which premiered in 2016 to record ratings; was a consulting producer on Oxygen’s documentary series Dirty John: The Dirty Truth; and also served as a consulting producer on E!’s For Real: The History of Reality TV, set to debut in 2021.
She spent seven years as executive vice president of development for Philadelphia-based S3 Productions, where she built the company’s slate from the ground up, developing series in myriad unscripted genres and selling to networks such as Discovery and A&E, among many others.
Rosen began her entertainment career producing news and documentary programming for CBS, VH1, and Oxygen. Her directorial debut and first feature film, the award-winning Latter Day Jew, premiered in 2019, screening at festivals across the country.

About the Performer

Martin Kove is best known for his portrayal as the evil karate sensei, John Kreese, in The Karate Kid trilogy. Kove has participated in some 100 films in his career, sharing the screen with such contemporaries as Kevin Costner, Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone, Leonardo DiCaprio, Luke Wilson, and Kenny Rogers—to name a few. In 2018, Kove reprised his role of John Kreese in the series Cobra Kai, recently released on Netflix.

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Annoyingly unsatirsfying

This is well presented and the narrator is great. It is like a murder mystery. I sympathize with Kerri Kasem. I believe her and not the second wife. That being said, there is no resolution to the problem. There is some settlement but because it isn't made public, we will never know what happened. Very unsatisfying. Why even bother creating a podcast if there is no ending to the story. All I know is that I wasted time listening to a podcast. You can learn as much on Google in less time.

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Great podcast

I grew up listening to Kasey Kasem Top 40. That was a big part of my childhood. This story is so unbelievable and chilling. I hope his children can bring him home.

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How sad for his older kids

I cannot imagine what I would do if anyone kept me from my parents, or kept my parents from the medical care they so desperately needed. That is not love. This blog was well done and professional. I would love to know more, and hope to see another episode where the older kids are told where there fathers body has been laid to rest so they can at least visit. I hope they find peace, knowing that he loved them, and knew they loved him too. My dad and I listened to Casey Kasem's Top 40 so much that I felt like I knew him, my sister has all of the Scooby-Doo Doo shows memorized, and I listened to Kerri all the time when she was on the radio with Nikki Sixx. I hope she knows how proud of her Casey Kasem would be! Thank you to them both for being a huge part of my family's entertainment life!

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Horrifying

Casey Kasem was a huge part of many people's childhoods whether it was from listening to him on the radio hosting the countdown every week or watching Scooby Doo cartoons. The events leading up to his death were rampant all over tmz and cable news so this podcast was great in putting it all back in a timeline and giving perspective on what was going on. Martin Kove is great as the narrator and draws you into it as he pulls back the curtain. I sat and listened to all the episodes back to back. Gripping and you're left wondering how something like this could happen. Kerri is doing amazing things by advocating for families that are being kept from their elderly parents.

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A scary take on fame and misfortune.

I loved the production and the journey we are taken on. As someone who grew up listening to Kasem every weekend and having a vague idea of his last years, this was enlightening. It filled in the missing pieces and expressed the pain and trauma of those that loved him the most. A tragedy.

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So Interesting

This was so well done! Fascinating story and such a shame for this family. Glad the kids are fighting on and creating change. I hope Kerri’s bill gets 50 stars soon!!

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Tragic, but captivating

I was compelled to listen because of my love for Casey Kasem, but realized I also learned about the lack of my knowledge of senior abuse and how prevelant it actually is around the world. The story is unnerving and well told, but a cautionary tale to be learned from. Mr. Kasem should be here in the U.S. , and that should be episode #9.

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Ama,ing!!

I was sad, angry and confused. How could a man love a woman so he neglects his children? How could a Stepmother be so evil. Just pure evil!!
Well written, voices are great and the storyline kept me here till the last note.

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Amazing!

Very interesting, very authentic yet so incredibly sad story. Jean s as d Liberty Kasem are BONKERS!

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Outstanding!

Once I started listening I could not stop. Amazing story! I even called Audible to see if I could purchase it, but I can’t. The tenacity of Casey’s eldest daughter is amazing. Elder abuse is real. As it said at the end, someone needs to be the voice for those who can’t speak up for themselves! Thank you Audible for such an outstanding performance.


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