The original American Top 40 show from the 1970s, hosted by Casey Kasem, are to be broadcast on Smooth Radio’s digital station covering the decade.
From this weekend, the GMG station – which is on the national Digital One multiplex – will air a show each week through a deal with US syndication firm Premiere Networks.
The archive editions will go out on Saturday mornings 9am-12noon and again on Sunday evenings 9pm-midnight on Smooth 70s, which launched on 27th December replacing pop-up station Smooth Xmas.
The digital station is also adding two more themed programmes to its schedule from next week – The Disco Lunch on weekday lunchtimes 12-2pm and Late Night Love Songs 10pm-midnight which will play 70s ballads.
GMG Radio Group Programme Director John Simons said: “Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 – The 70’s is an iconic radio programme of the 1970s and it will add to the listening experience. We’re delighted to be able to broadcast the original programmes in their entirety each weekend. Since its introduction, Smooth 70s has been warmly welcomed by listeners and we look forward to enriching their listening experience of the station with increased content in the coming weeks.”
Casey Kasem hosted the American Top 40 for nearly four decades, before retiring and handing over the reigns to Ryan Seacrest.
Seacrest’s daily American radio show – which is also syndicated by Premiere Networks – airs on GMG’s Real Radio network each weeknight.