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John Donald “Don” Imus

December 3rd, 2007 Posted in Hot Search Trends

John Donald “Don” Imus, Jr. (born July 23, 1940) is an American humorist, philanthropist, writer, radio and television talk show host in the mold of a shock jock.? Imus is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and the host of Imus in the Morning, a weekday morning radio show on WNBC and WFAN in New York City from 1971 to 1977, from 1979 until April 12, 2007, and as of Monday, December 3, 2007 is on WABC.

On April 4, 2007, during a discussion about the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, Imus characterized the Rutgers University women’s basketball team players as “rough girls” commenting on their tattoos. His executive producer Bernard McGuirk responded in his familiar “urban-speak” vernacular by referring to them as “hardcore ho’s”. The “urban-speak” banter continued with Imus describing the girls as “nappy-headed hos” and McGuirk remarking that the two teams looked like the “jigaboos versus the wannabes” mentioned in Spike Lee’s film, School Daze; apparently referring to the two teams’ differing appearances.? The next day, CBS Radio canceled Imus in the Morning,

Return to radio
On July 8, 2007, the Drudge Report indicated that Imus would return to the air before the 2008 presidential election. The New York Post reported on July 16, 2007 that Imus was in search of a black comedian to join the show upon its return to help cushion racially insensitive comments he might say on the air. The same paper reported on July 27, 2007 that CBS was close to a buyout of Imus’s contract. The report also said Imus’s representatives had contacted Buckley Broadcasting, Citadel Broadcasting, and Clear Channel Communications.? On August 14, Imus reached a settlement with CBS Radio over his contract, leaving him free to pursue other media opportunities.

On November 1, Citadel announced they had agreed to what was reportedly a multiyear syndication contract with Imus. The new Imus in the Morning program would be distributed nationally by ABC Radio Networks, and would be based at Citadel-owned WABC in New York City, beginning in December.? On November 14, the New York Times reported that Imus had agreed to terms with cable network RFD-TV to air a video simulcast of the new radio program.? It is expected that Imus will be joined by longtime associates Charles McCord and, perhaps, Bernard McGuirk.? On December 3, Imus returned to the airwaves on WABC.

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