Don Imus Back on Air


    Don Imus Back on the Air

    [​IMG] Radio personality Don Imus appears on Rev. Al Sharpton's radio show in New Y...

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    NEW YORK —
    Don Imus returned to the airwaves Monday eight months after he was fired for a racially charged remark about the Rutgers women's basketball team, and introduced a new cast that included two black comedians.
    Imus' lineup of guests featured two presidential hopefuls, Democrat Chris Dodd and Republican John McCain. As he did several times in the days after the episode, Imus condemned his controversial remark last spring and said he had learned his lesson.
    "I didn't see any point in going on some sort of `Larry King' tour to offer a bunch of lame excuses for making an essentially reprehensible remark about innocent people who did not deserve to be made fun of," he said Monday during his debut on WABC-AM.
    Again, Imus apologized to the basketball players and called the ensuing furor a "life-changing experience."
    "I will never say anything in my lifetime that will make any of these young women at Rutgers regret or feel foolish that they accepted my apology and forgave me," he said. "And no one else will say anything else on my program that will make anyone think that I didn't deserve a second chance."
    His debut Monday completed a comeback that seemed improbable at the height of the uproar last spring over his calling the players "nappy-headed hos." CBS Radio fired him on April 12, pulling the plug on his "Imus In the Morning" program that had aired on more than 70 stations and the MSNBC cable network.
    McCain, who called into the show, answered questions about gays in the military (he said he would continue the "don't ask, don't tell" policy unless military leaders said it wasn't working), the recent surge in Iraq (he said it was doing the job), and the 2008 presidential election.
    "Thanks for having me on," McCain said upon signing off. "Welcome back, old friend."
    An hour before the 6 a.m. show began, more than a dozen fans _ all of them white _ waited outside the Town Hall theater for the sold-out show. The $100 tickets benefited the Imus Ranch for Kids With Cancer.
    Shortly after the program began, Imus introduced his new cast, including two black comedians, Karith Foster and Tony Powell. Returning was Bernard McGuirk, the producer who instigated the Rutgers comment and was fired as well.
    On the air, Imus said that every time he would get upset about getting fired, "I would remind myself that if I hadn't said what I said, then we wouldn't be having this discussion."
    He talked about when he and his wife, Deirdre, met with the team, their coach and some of the players' parents and grandparents, for four hours the night he was fired from CBS Radio. The team members accepted Imus' apology that evening.
    "I was there to save my life. I had already lost my job," he said. "They said they would never forget and I said I would never forget."
    He talked about his experience over the past 20 years as a recovering alcoholic and drug addict and said that participating in recovery programs had given him the opportunity to be "a better person ... to have a better life."
    While saying he had learned his lesson, he added _ to applause from the live audience _ "The program is not going to change."
    His guests also included historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin.
    While Imus pledged to use his new show to talk about race relations, he added: Other than that, not much has changed. Dick Cheney is still a war criminal, Hillary Clinton is still Satan and I'm back on the radio."
    Imus' resurrection is just the latest in his four-decade career. The veteran shock jock has emerged intact in the past after assorted firings, bad publicity and a disastrous appearance at a Washington dinner before President Clinton.
    Just three months after he was fired, the Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the strongest voices calling for his firing, said Imus had a right to make a living and could return to radio. Sharpton planned a news conference later Monday.
    The prospect of Imus' return had outraged critics including the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Organization for Women.
    Just before his dismissal, Imus signed a five-year, $40 million contract with CBS. He threatened a $120 million lawsuit after he was fired, but he settled in August for an undisclosed amount of money.
    In addition to being aired on the Citadel Broadcasting-owned station, WABC, the new program will air on Citadel's network of more than 240 radio stations around the country. It also will be simulcast on cable's RFD-TV, owned by the Rural Media Group Inc.
    RFD reaches nearly 30 million homes, but with Imus on board the 24-hour cable network hopes to boost that number to 50 million over the next two years.
    WABC is already home to several syndicated hosts: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.


    I'm fine with him being back.
  2. he knows what he said was wrong and I think he totally deserves to be back on air. My dad is an avid listener of his and said that this morning he apologized even more for what was said and also said that he is going to tone down on his dark humor.
  3. I'm not a fan of Imus but I think he got blasted for something he didn't initiate. If you listen to the exchange with the sports broadcaster (who's name I forget) when they were talking about the Rutgers Women's BB team, it was the BROADCASTER who called them "ho's" and "nappy-heads" first. Imus just put the two together. Nobody ever talked about the sportcaster b/c it wasn't his show. But he was clearly the instigator of the conversation.

    Still the same old Imus. Opened the show by saing:

    "Dick Cheney is still a war criminal, Hillary is Satan and I'm back on the radio." Somehow, he sounded...ummmm...dated.

  4. He was PAID to create controversy... I think he's a crotchety old fart but he's been punished enough IMO...
  5. He was paid...but a lot of it he created as well, I think that is why so many people enjoyed listening to his show. He really stirred people up but also did some great things too. He has numerous charities which are all not-for-profit that go to help kids with cancer and also with mental disabilities.

    Nonetheless I do agree that he is an old fart!
  6. haha.....I'll have to agree with this..........crotchety old fart!:lol:
  7. Ah, if it wasn't for us old farts, you youngin's wouldn't have anyone to make fun of.

    I have an opinion on this whole thing, but it'd take the thread where no-one wants it to go. I'm just glad he's back, so the other old farts in the world have someone to listen to.
  8. He was the originator of the 'shock' value, Howard Stern even says that Don Imus was his role model...and Stern has one-upped him I think...
    Whether he created the madness or had others create it for him, it brought tons of listeners and to those that own the broadcasting systems that is all they care about.
    I think people can learn and grow from their experiences no matter how old they are.
  9. quite true.:yes:
  10. ^^oh, I don't know......there are many older folks out there stuck in their ways.

    You old farts know who you are! :lol:

    No seriously.......he apologized.....move on....take him or leave him. I think some forget today that we ALL have choices.
  11. Hey now, you and I may be OLD Speedy but we'll never be crotchety! :roflmfao:
  12. Roo, you know why we old folks smile at the younger generation? Because WE KNOW what is gonna happen to them! They have NO CLUE! HA!

    Now, have you seen my AARP card? :nuts:
  13. He knew what he did was wrong, and it seems like he's going to make a conscious effort not to do it again. That's all that matters.
  14. I never listened to him anyway but I think he's been punished enough.

    I remember this all so very vividly as I was traveling in Nashville on business...and it was just days before the horrible Virginia Tech massacre...suddenly all things Don Imus fell by the wayside of course...
  15. He had a harsh punishment... and seems to really be sorry.