It's Official: Imus Back on Dec. 3

TheSqueakyWheel

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Did not see this posted yet...

Although it was a poorly kept secret, it is official now.

From the NY Post
November 1, 2007 -- It's official: Don Imus is coming back to the airwaves, confirming a story first written by The Post in August.

Citadel Broadcasting Corporation and 77 WABC Radio announced today the return of radio's lone cowboy Don Imus as the station's new morning host beginning Monday, Dec. 3.

A source involved with the deal said that Imus signed a 5-year deal with Citadel that pays him between $5 million and $8 million annually.

Imus is bringing his team back to the radio on 77 WABC, including newsman Charles McCord, and is unseating the incumbent, highly rated "Curtis and Kuby" show. The show will air 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on 77 WABC and will be syndicated nationally by the ABC Radio Network.

"We are ecstatic to bring Don Imus back to morning radio," said 77 WABC President and General Manager Steve Borneman.

"Don's unique brand of humor, knowledge of the issues and ability to attract big-name guests is unparalleled. He is rested, fired up and ready to do great radio on the nation's most listened to News/Talk radio station, 77 WABC," said Borneman.

Imus is also in talks on a separate television deal akin to the one he had with MSNBC though the source was unsure if those negotiations would be wrapped up in time to announce a deal simultaneous with the Citadal one.

Among the television stations talking with Imus about a deal is RFD-TV, a farming-focused satellite television network that was previously granted exclusive access to Imus' ranch for a documentary that aired over Labor Day weekend.

While Imus will begin his return on that station alone-just six short months after being universally ostracized for calling the Rutgers University women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos"--the source said it is "more likely than not" that the radio raconteur will eventually be syndicated across ABC Radio's 22 stations.

In a previous interview with The Post back in August, Citadel Communications CEO Farid Suleman said that he thought Imus' availability represented an opportunity and that he would consider hiring him only if he could make the numbers work.

Such modesty belies the "can't lose" proposition that bringing Imus back is for Suleman. If the shock jock flames out in his return, Suleman can point to Imus' comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team as having tarnished him forever. If the public embraces Imus' second act, Suleman will earn kudos for giving him another chance.

The Rutgers controversy made Imus the object of vitriol from liberal leaders such as Sen. Hillary Clinton and the Rev. Al Sharpton. Clinton even referred to Imus as "Satan" - and called his remarks "small-minded bigotry."

But Suleman is no stranger to controversial radio hosts and industry observers said he has the ego to absorb the scrutiny that will come with shepherding Imus back onto the air. To be sure, Suleman and his former Infinity and Westwood One cohort Joel Hollander were responsible for putting Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on the radio and bringing back Marv Albert to call "Monday Night Football" games after he was accused of biting a sex partner in 1997.

Moreover, in August, Suleman signed a deal to return Bob Grant back to WABC-AM in New York after 11 years in exile for comments he made about Commerce Secretary Ron Brown following the fatal crash of Brown's plane.

According to the source, Suleman has no plans to reach out to the African-American community or the Rutgers University women's basketball team prior to or after Imus' return.
 

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Suleman has no plans to reach out to the African-American community or the Rutgers University women's basketball team prior to or after Imus' return.
:clap::clap::clap:
 

23 Skidoo

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Pleased as I am to see the I-man back, I'm worried about the fate of one Bernard McGuirk. I will be pissed as holy hell if he is not on the show. Imus just ain't Imus without Bernie. None of the press accounts I've seen recently confirm whether he will be back (it has been confirmed that Charles will be returning).
 

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Farid rules
just don't take any stock tips from him

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I am extremely happy for the I-man and fighters of free speech and...

That's my birf!!

... just sayin.
 

maz

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I am extremely happy for the I-man and fighters of free speech and...

That's my birf!!

... just sayin.
WHAT THE EFF
petitioning for a birthday thread ?

a bit unorthodox , sir
:icon_mrgr
 

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This is the AP version of the story. It seems a little more ... "biased".

My favorite part is where Sharpton points out that it is Imus's responsibility to make a living for him.

NEW YORK - Shock jock Don Imus will return to the airwaves Dec. 3 after eight months of a well-paid hiatus brought about by a racist and sexist remark that once seemed certain to permanently silence his broadcasting career.
Citadel Broadcasting Corp. made the announcement Thursday, confirming long-rumored reports that Imus was coming back to morning drive time on New York-based WABC-AM.
The cantankerous Imus was fired April 12 by CBS Radio amid a firestorm of controversy over his "nappy-headed hos" remark about the Rutgers University women's basketball team.
"We are ecstatic to bring Don Imus back to morning radio," said WABC radio President and General Manager Steve Borneman. "Don's unique brand of humor, knowledge of the issues and ability to attract big-name guests is unparalleled. He is rested, fired up and ready to do great radio."
Imus will return with his longtime newsman, Charles McCord, and other members of his morning team, Citadel said in announcing the move. It did not specifically mention Bernard McGuirk, the producer who instigated Imus on the Rutgers comment and was fired as well.
No financial details were made public in the four-paragraph announcement of Imus' return. Imus' attorney, Martin Garbus, confirmed the deal, but did not elaborate on the details.
There was also no word on syndication or any TV deal for the Imus show. His "Imus In the Morning" program aired on more than 70 stations and the MSNBC cable network.
Imus will replace the morning team of Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby on the Citadel Broadcasting-owned station. The pair had hosted the WABC drive-time show for nearly eight years, and Kuby said he was told Thursday afternoon not to show up for work on Friday.
"I've had a fantastic, great run," Kuby said. "Our show has enjoyed the best audience  intelligent, compassionate, decent and kind. The new owners don't want that kind of show."
Las Vegas-based Citadel bought WABC and other ABC radio stations from Walt Disney Co. last year.
Imus' resurrection is hardly unprecedented in his four-decade career. The veteran radio personality has emerged intact in the past after assorted firings, bad publicity, a high-profile drug and alcohol addiction and a disastrous appearance at a Washington dinner before President Clinton.
Then the acid-tongued broadcasting icon was fired after his remark about the Rutgers team sparked a national furor and calls by civil rights leaders and broadcast journalists for him to resign.
But just three months later, Sharpton, one of the strongest voices calling for the shock jock's firing, said Imus had a right to make a living and could return to radio.
Citadel Broadcasting CEO Farid Suleman also recently defended Imus, telling The New York Times in a recent interview: "He didn't break the law. He's more than paid the price for what he did."
Sharpton said Thursday that Citadel needs to meet with advertisers and black groups to explain how they plan to prevent the radio host's return to "his former vile and biased behavior."
"Mr. Imus has the right to make a living, but we have the right to make sure he does not come back to disrupt our living," Sharpton said. "Particularly since these are commitments he made personally."
Prospects of Imus' widely anticipated return have outraged critics including the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Organization for Women, who said the idea of the icon returning to the airwaves months after he was fired is nearly as insulting as the comment that took him off the air.
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 settled in August for an undisclosed amount of money.
Suleman's WABC-AM is already home to several syndicated hosts: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin. Imus' national presence would trump the local Arbitron ratings, where his WFAN-AM show consistently drew fewer listeners than Sliwa and Kuby.
"Having Don Imus join the WABC galaxy of stars is certainly an amazing addition to our station and for our company but most importantly, the real winners are morning radio listeners everywhere," Borneman said.
Citadel owns more than 240 radio stations around the country. The company used to air Howard Stern's syndicated show on some stations, but yanked him in 2005 as he prepared to make the move to satellite radio.
from:
http://omg.yahoo.com/shock-jock-don-imus-returns-to-airwaves/news/3631/print
 

maz

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This is the AP version of the story. It seems a little more ... "biased".

My favorite part is where Sharpton points out that it is Imus's responsibility to make a living for him.



from:
[media]http://omg.yahoo.com/shock-jock-don-imus-returns-to-airwaves/news/3631/print[/media]
yeah
what the fuck does that mean

what is sharpton's LIVING anyway
 

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about time he's back

he's old enough to retire, he should on his first show just come out and say he's not sorry for what he says and he sticks by his statement. that would be...ummm funny
 

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As much as I don't like how Curtis treated the b-b-b-boys, I always found Curtis & Kuby to be an interesting listen, where as I can't listen to Imus' show... so, in that respect, I'm sad to be losing Curtis and Kuby. Obviously, I disagree with what happened for Imus and for that reason, I'm glad to see him back.

I don't think he really fits in with an essentially right wing talk station though-- just like you wouldn't see Ron Kuby hosting a show on his on on WABC... and I'm fairly sure Phil Boyce and the WABC people aren't thrilled about it, but obviously this is a corporate decision.
 
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Rumor has Curtis working with Gambling (I think).
The Curtis & Kuby show had pretty good ratings (better tham I-man & the boys) but Citradel coudn't syndicate them like he plans to with Imus so they are gone.
 
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