Old deejays never die, they just go to XM Satellite Radio. To the old tapes of Wolfman Jack and Casey Kasem airing on XM, you can now add those of Rick Dees. Archival editions of The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 start airing on XM's '80s and '90s oldies channels on June 7. The current show is joining the lineup, too, on XM's top-30 Hit List channel. (Which not very coincidentally is located on channel 30, just as the '80s can be found on channel 8 and the '90s on channel 9.)
Unlike Wolfman Jack and Kasem (especially unlike the Wolfman, who is at least purportedly dead), Dees is still behind a microphone every morning at KMVN, a Los Angeles '70s and '80s station known locally as Movin 93.9. And now that Kasem's American Top Forty is gone, The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 -- which launched in 1983 -- is the oldest chart countdown show around. Who could have imagined there was so much life after Disco Duck?