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10/17/2014 09:14 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Former 'American Top 40' Host Shadoe Stevens On Celebrating 30 Years Of Sobriety

In 1988, Shadoe Stevens, a radio host from North Dakota, landed the gig that would turn him into one of the most recognized voices in the world. He was asked to take over "American Top 40," Casey Kasem's wildly popular radio show. During Shadoe's seven years hosting the program, it became one of the most successful radio shows in the world with one billion listeners every week.

Before he landed that dream job, Shadoe says he was an addict who had been abusing drugs since the late 1960s. Now 30 years sober, "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" caught up with Shadoe at his home in Los Angeles. Every year, he celebrates his sobriety with his wife, former model Beverly Cunningham and two daughters, Amber and China Rose.

"Today actually marks my dad’s 30th sobriety anniversary," Amber says. "We celebrate every single year and so that day is today, but every Sunday from that week we go to a meeting together."

"I gave up drugs and alcohol on this day, at this time 30 years ago, thinking that my life was over," Shadoe says. "Clearly, I didn't know what I was talking about."

In the video below, Stevens joins HuffPost Live and talks more about how he's been able to stay sober for three decades.

Shadoe Stevens' full "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" appearance airs Sunday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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