“American Top 40” celebrates its 50th anniversary this 4th of July Weekend. A year-long celebration of the Premiere Networks-syndicated countdown show commences as host Ryan Seacrest highlights an iconic artist moment from the show’s archives each weekend, including interviews with music stars and the show’s creator and original host, the late Casey Kasem. Special contesting will also take place through the year offering prizes and one-of-a-kind experiences.
“Over the past five decades, American Top 40 has become a cultural touchpoint for millions of people around the globe,” Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks said in a release. “Casey Kasem created the gold standard that we carry on today, and we’re so proud of how Ryan has expanded that legacy. He’s taken the show to new heights over the past 16 years with added reach, engagement and technology, while continuing to drive impressive results for our partners.”
“American Top 40” was created by Kasem in 1970. Seacrest debuted as host of the program in January 2004, and continued the tradition of counting down the Top 40 songs of the week and interviewing the biggest stars in entertainment.
The show has evolved from long-distance dedications to interactive content at AT40.com, including song voting options, concert flyaway contesting and the ability to chat with Seacrest directly.
“American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest” is heard on nearly 500 stations worldwide including markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, Singapore, Toronto, Vancouver, Nairobi, Beijing, Cairo, Sydney and Dubai.
The program regularly attracts top radio advertisers, including Procter & Gamble, The Home Depot, GEICO and Capital One.