I'm sure that American Top 40 had some stirring moments throughout its history, and I am not counting its Long Distance Dedications either. I'm talking those non-LDD moments where either Casey or Shadoe had a serious moment on the show. For example, on the AT40 show from 12-20-75, Casey mentioned about the Christmas story featuring Jackie Wilson, and then he went on to mention that Jackie had recently suffered a major heart attack, and he was giving the listeners his condition. On the 12-13-80 AT40 show, Casey did a tribute to John Lennon, which was done days after his murder. Can anybody think about some other stirring moments on the show that were not LDD's?
I can remember a broadcast from probably February 1979 when Bobby Caldwell (?) was charting with "What You Won't Do For Love". Casey told a story of how BC had hit a low point in his life and was contemplating suicide. Someone may have a recording of the particular show and can probably report the story better (I'm relying on a memory of the story from over 26 years ago!), but I think BC drove out into the desert with the intention of killing himself when a voice told him to go back and give it one last shot (no pun intended!). The outcome was he pushed his energy into making an album and this hit was the outcome.