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Radio Legend Casey Kasem Passes Away at 82

IMDB.com {IMAGE CREDIT}The voice of American Top 40 for nearly four decades, Casey Kasem, passed away yesterday  (June 15th, 2014) morning. His death was confirmed by his daughter Kerri on Facebook:

“Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends,” wrote Kerri. “Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad. With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie.”

Kasem’s last years were complicated with health issues and custody problems. However, his impressive career- and the incredible impression he made on popular music, will never be forgotten.

Read more about Casey Kasem’s passing

  • Radio Legend Casey Kasem Dead at 82 {Rolling Stone}
  • Casey Kasem’s global reach: long-distance dedications {CNN}
  • Casey Kasem, An Iconic Voice of American Radio {NPR}
  • Ryan Seacrest Remembers American Top 40 Predecessor Casey Kasem {People}

College/University Concert Planning: Things to Consider

If you want to produce a major concert at a college or university, be prepared, as it will take a lot of time, patience and hard work. Concerts at schools come with a specific set of circumstances that are usually not seen when booking with ‘for profit’ venues.

To make all of your concert planning efforts worthwhile, be sure to review our list of ‘Things to consider” before you start:

* The first step of this process, is to determine a clear purpose for the event. Why should this concert take place?

  • To entertain the student body.
  • To raise awareness and/or money for a cause or community.
  • Teach event committee how to produce a concert.

Identifying the purpose of your event will help determine what act to book, how much money to spend, when/where it should happen, etc.

* Next, consider the goals of the event and the factors that will impact the planning process- such as:

  • Is the concert closed to students or open to the public?
  • Does the entertainment need to meet certain criteria (ie: genre- rock, comedy, hip hop) to ensure community interest?
  • Will this concert be free or will attendees need to purchase tickets?
  • What (if applicable) is the break even point? Does money NEED to be made?
  • Will the event appeal to all student demographics? If not, can adjustments be made so it will?

Event Planning Tips: Industry Keywords


If you are someone who hasn’t spent much time planning comedy, music or theatrical shows the process can be quite overwhelming. Don’t let industry lingo complicate your event planning experience! Take a look at our list of most commonly used terms and their definitions as they pertain to event planning, below:

Advance (in context: “I have to advance the rock show”): When someone affiliated with the act (usually a manager) calls to discuss event details such as arrival time, production requests, rider changes etc.

Backdrop– A large colored or painted cloth hung at the back of a stage to serve as a setting (theater) or background for the performance/event.

Backline Musical equipment requested/required by the hired performers. In most cases, a tour manager will provide an artist ‘Rider’ (see below for definition) which will indicate what musical equipment is needed. In most cases, production companies like us are able to fulfill those requests.

Bid – an offer of a price for  a service. Event planners often deal with many bids from potential vendors (providing the same service) and will usually pick the most budget-friendly price. Bergsten Music is frequently asked to provide/enter a bid when our services are being considered for a large scale event.

Break Even The point where revenue generated from ticket sales is equal to the amount of money spent producing the show.

We’re Hiring!

A1 Audio Technicians

Part and full time positions available; Freelance applications welcome.

Bergsten Music is committed to providing top quality production services for Boston, New England, and the Northeast. A staple in Boston for over 40 years, we’ve worked with every type of client from local productions to major national tours.

Job Description:

As a tech at Bergsten, you will work in a fast paced, professional environment as lead engineer on numerous projects throughout New England. You will be expected to adapt and learn new skills and be able to trouble shoot on site. Excellent verbal communication and teamwork are a must. You will be building shows from the ground up, interacting with customers, and other employees.

Job Requirements:

  • Degree in audio engineering or equivalent industry experience
  • Familiarity with the following products: Avid Venue, Yamaha M7CL, Yamaha PM5D, JBL Line Array, Shure and Sennheiser In Ear and Wireless Mic Systems.
  • Excellent knowledge of signal flow and on‐site show setup
  •  Able to lift heavy cases over 50 lbs.
  • Must be comfortable driving trucks up to 26’ (CDL not required)
  • Must be flexible to work irregular hours (nights and weekends included)
  • Experience in lighting design a major plus
  • Knowledge of backline instruments a plusSalary commensurate on experience
    Benefits and retirement offered for full time positions.

    Please submit to BergstenJobs@Gmail.com a current resume and three references for consideration for this position.