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The thoughts and theories of a guy who basically should have gone to bed hours ago.

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Imus Chronicles

Now that this seems to have played itself out, let's review Don Imus' last year, shall we?

April, 2007 - Imus makes an insensitive remark about the surging Rutgers Women's Basketball Team.

April, 2007 - Civil rights activists, chiefly Rev. Al Sharpton, feed the Gaffe Machine, and get Imus kicked off CBS Radio and MSNBC Television.

Soon after April, 2007 - CBS Radio gives Don Imus $20 million to refrain from publicly commenting on the incident.

April - November, 2007 - Don Imus enjoys an 7+ month vacation, complete with $20 million in pay.

December, 2007 - Don Imus resumes his daily radio show, this time at WABC radio in New York, the most listened to talk radio station in the country, and where he originally earned his "shock jock" moniker. (Hat tip to Mike Starr: Imus got his big break at WNBC, not WABC).

December, 2007 - Rev. Al Sharpton has no comment, except to say he's "waiting to see."

Is it me, or does it seem like the only people that were hurt by this whole affair was the Rutgers Women's Basketball team? And, as I said before, they by Rev. Sharpton much more than by Don Imus?

posted by Brian at 12:44 PM


  • I'm disappointed that he's coming back, not because of what he said, but because I just don't found him very entertaining. And I liked who WABC already had on, but I guess I'll just be flipping between WFAN and K-ROCK. But then I guess my 10 minute morning drive doesn't have much impact on the ratings anyway.

    (By the way, I don't think WABC is where he earned his "shock jock" status ... as far as I know, his time in New York was always at 660 AM, which was once WNBC and now WFAN.)

    By Anonymous Mike Starr, at 9:14 PM, December 02, 2007  

  • Well said, Mike. I was also a big Curtis & Kuby fan, although also for my 5-10 minute drive to the train station. Makes you wonder just how many folks like us there are - maybe we do impact the ratings?

    You're also right about WNBC (I'm hearing the bit from Howard Stern's movie in my head now - W-NNNNNNNN-BC, W-NNNNNNN-BC).

    Interesting, though - WABC is today what WNBC was then: the station that plays all the folks you've ever heard of, even if you don't listen to radio much (Limbaugh, Hannity, Slewa, and now Imus).

    By Blogger Brian, at 8:29 AM, December 03, 2007  

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