Tuesday, January 23, 2018

1.23.18 Bee-otch of the Day: Don Imus

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Name: Don Imus
Age: 77
Occupation: old radio curmudgeon
Last Seen: New York City
Bee-otched For: FINALLY hanging up his mic


Well, it was too many years too late.

After 50 years on the radio, Don Imus has finally announced that he's retiring. He was to retire at the end of the year, but because his company, Cumulus is under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, he and other Cumulus jocks have had their contracts cut short due to their financial struggles. Then again, Imus's ratings aren't anything special since the majority of his listeners are probably old enough to die.

Bear in mind too that the I-Man has emphysema all caused by years of smoking and drug abuse.

On this morning's Howard Stern Show, Howard admitted that he was kinda sad that Imus is retiring, though the two haven't seen eye-to-eye. Years ago, Stern admitted that he was the innovative one at WNB - er, WNNNNNNNNNNNNNNBC and Imus would sit there and watched what he did. Eventually, Imus would rip off his material because his true talent was being in the bathroom snorting up coke while his engineer would play 16 records per hour. On the air, Imus would be so high that all he could do were duck noises.

Of course, Imus moved over to WFAN when they took over AM 66 in 1988 when WNBC signed off. Not long afterward, his show was simulcast on MSNBC for many years. However, the plug was pulled in 2007 when he referred to the Rutgers Women's Basketball team as "nappy headed hoes". He was booted off of WFAN and MSNBC. Eventually, he returned to radio on Citadel Radio Networks - since bought out by Cumulus - and WABC Radio. On the TV side, his show aired on RFD-TV, a rural cable network that mostly aired livestock auctions and old episodes of Pop Goes the Country.

Here in Michigan, Imus currently doesn't have any affiliates. His last station was a small station near Manistee that's been on and off the air multiple times over the years. Two other stations in northern Michigan - Cadillac's WATT 1240 and Charlevoix's WMKT 1270 - both aired the show in the early 00s but was canceled because Imus revealed that owner Trish MacDonald-Garber was paying him jack squat. Then again, neither station gets good ratings. I know at least three stations carried him in Detroit: WXYT 1270 and the old Star 97.1 in the 1990s (which moved Imus to 1270 to make way for Stern and is now 97.1 The Ticket) and afterward, Chaldean-owned 1460 WPON, which has since fallen silent. As for Grand Rapids, I'm not sure if his show was ever carried here. If so, it didn't last long.

Now that Imus will be gone, he can spend more time on his cancer ranch, where he enslaves children into working so he won't have to pay a dime in taxes.

In the meantime, enjoy this classic from Fred Norris.



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