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Dusk for Don? Rumors fly on Imus' 'TKK future
The Boston Herald ^ | 09/11/2005 | Gayle Fee

Posted on 09/11/2005 12:07:13 PM PDT by Panerai

Is 96.9 FM Talk ready to send morning man Don Imus back to the ranch?

Rumor has it the conservative yak station is fed up with the cranky cowboy's tired schtick and might send him packing next April when his contract with WTKK-FM is up.

And there's already buzz on the radio wire that Imus ``will be available'' when his gig at 'TKK is up.

``I don't see how that's possible,'' station GM Matt Mills told the Track. ``We'd obviously like to renew his contract when it ends in April. We plan to do that.''

Now, we know Imus fans won't be surprised to hear that there's no love lost between the talk station and its 5:30-to-10 a.m. yakker.

In fact, last St. Patrick's Day, the Big Apple blarneyman balked at blowing into Boston for 'TKK's annual ``Kiss Me I'm Imus'' live broadcast for advertisers and listeners. And it wasn't until station management got on the blower to Imus' syndicator, Westwood One, and talked tough that Imus finally showed at Fenway's .406 Club.

``It was him playing his games,'' Mills said. ``But he did show up and we all had a great time. It's the station's premiere event.''

Ratings-wise, ``Imus in the Morning'' isn't exactly a powerhouse for 'TKK in that all-important male 25-54 age group.

In the last five ratings books - Spring 2004 to Spring 2005 - the perennially PO'd morning man weighed in after WEEI's sports yakkers Dennis & Callahan; Howard Stern's strippers-on-parade on WBCN; and all-news WBZ-AM. Classic rock WZLX even beat him a few books back.

Perhaps 'BCN - which will be down a morning man when Stern takes his boob-athon to Sirius next year - will be interested? From Baba Booey to Bo Dietl? Do stay tuned!


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KEYWORDS: anusinthemorning; domimus; imus; talkradio; wtkk
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1 posted on 09/11/2005 12:07:14 PM PDT by Panerai
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To: Panerai

I can't believe his show has lasted as long as it has.


2 posted on 09/11/2005 12:08:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If you must obey your party, may your chains rest lightly upon your shoulders.)
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To: Panerai
He's alive?

(I ask this question having seen him.)

3 posted on 09/11/2005 12:11:45 PM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: leadpenny; McGruff; Springman; YaYa123

I've had to go to FNF in the morning, which is not great, but the Iman finally got to me with the racist take on the hurrican. Calling Russert's performance on the topic "magnificant" sent me running for the remote as well.


4 posted on 09/11/2005 12:14:32 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Panerai

I really don't see his appeal. I catch little snippets of his show while driving occasionally.

Seems he spends most of his time being cranky and calling people stupid.

Nice gig if you can get it.


5 posted on 09/11/2005 12:14:46 PM PDT by Maceman (Pro Se Defendant from Hell)
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To: Panerai

Don Imus is still alive. I guess trash radio pays off.


6 posted on 09/11/2005 12:15:27 PM PDT by Reagan Man (Secure the borders;punish employers who hire illegals;halt all welfare handouts to illegals.)
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To: Bahbah

Imus is a slut.


7 posted on 09/11/2005 12:16:51 PM PDT by angkor
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To: atomicpossum

If it weren't for Bernie and Chuck, the show would be dead as well.


8 posted on 09/11/2005 12:19:16 PM PDT by brivette
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To: Panerai

Imus is all of the boring monologue of Stern, but without the occasionally interesting Playmate interview.


9 posted on 09/11/2005 12:19:47 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Panerai

One would certainly hope this show would disappear, especially from a conservative broadcaster. Imus is an embarrasment, a total bafoon, and a poser.

One wonders how anyone could take this clown seriouslly, and why he would be on a conservative station in the first place.


10 posted on 09/11/2005 12:21:17 PM PDT by konaice
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To: angkor

Downhill slide continues.


11 posted on 09/11/2005 12:21:45 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: atomicpossum

You call that being alive, listen for about 2 months and started listening to NPR, then don and roma and now Tony Snow.


12 posted on 09/11/2005 12:23:26 PM PDT by dts32041 (Shinkichi: Massuer, did you see that? Zat˘ichi: I don't see much)
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To: Panerai

Imus kisses the ass of every MSM personality he talks to.


13 posted on 09/11/2005 12:25:36 PM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: Panerai
I forgot all about Don Imus because I haven't listened to terrestial radio in over a year now. Between my satellite radio and my iPod, I haven't listened to FM since July 2004.

Listening to AM/FM radio was an awful experience that I do not care to repeat. It is simply awful. When I signed onto Sirius (though XM is probably just as good), I felt like the day I got broadband in my house and never had to do dial-up again. There is simply no going back. Ever.

14 posted on 09/11/2005 12:25:47 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Mid-life crisis in progress...)
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To: Panerai

He endorsed John Kerry, didnt he?


15 posted on 09/11/2005 12:31:20 PM PDT by cardinal4 ("When the Levee breaks, Mama, you got to move....")
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To: Panerai

I love how Imus is depicted in the book and movie 'Private Parts.' :-)


16 posted on 09/11/2005 12:32:26 PM PDT by HitmanLV
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To: Panerai

Where in the hell do they get that IMUS is conservative? Cranky cowboy he is, cantankerous too, but conservative??? Yeah right...and Angelina Jolie wants to have my next baby. Sheesh


17 posted on 09/11/2005 12:33:05 PM PDT by el_texicano (Liberals, Socialist, DemocRATS, all touchy, feely, mind numbed robots)
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To: Panerai
Imus is a phony.

This guy goes out and buys a ranch and thinks he's a genuine cowboy.

Hard to be a cowboy when your wearing ice cream britches, sand dipper shoes and a god awful excuse for a hat.
18 posted on 09/11/2005 12:33:09 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: Panerai

Imus is horrible:

1/3 of the show is nonsense
1/3 is of Imus abusing his staff
1/3 is dead air

If anyone needed to be taken off of life support...


19 posted on 09/11/2005 12:33:58 PM PDT by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: Panerai

He's based at WFAN in NY. He has the numbers for the wealthiest demographic. Which station in Boston if any carries him is nearly insignificant.


20 posted on 09/11/2005 12:34:41 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: Bahbah; McGruff

Thanks for the ping. McGruff had the best suggestion - Imus should offer up his Ranch for the Katrinia refugees.

I agree, Russert went over the top on his own show and on Imus' show, and the I-Man was wrong when he continued to blame the debacle in NO on race and on the Bush administration. For me, however, there is rarely anything better on morning TV than Imus, unless it is a good guest on C-SPAN or a good movie on TCM. I really get all the news I need here on FR.

That said, Imus is 66 or 67 years old and he may just be thinking about hanging it up before someone puts a note on him at the dog track.


21 posted on 09/11/2005 12:35:12 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: cardinal4

Yes, he did endorse Kerry. That went well, didn't it?


22 posted on 09/11/2005 12:35:57 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Bahbah

"I've had to go to FNF in the morning, which is not great, but the Iman finally got to me with the racist take on the hurrican."

I am absolutely convinced that @nus is projecting his attitudes about blacks onto Bush and FEMA. There is absolutley no evidence that race impacted the federal response, but the old A-hole is sure it did.


23 posted on 09/11/2005 12:37:20 PM PDT by BadAndy (Yes liberals, I DO question your patriotism.)
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To: Bahbah

I thought he did. So much for credibility..


24 posted on 09/11/2005 12:39:40 PM PDT by cardinal4 ("When the Levee breaks, Mama, you got to move....")
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To: cripplecreek
Imus is a testament to the Greatness of America.
Where else could a no talent grump SOB become famous?

25 posted on 09/11/2005 12:45:12 PM PDT by Falcon4.0
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To: Panerai

Other than Brian Lamb, for my money Imus can still do the best interview in the business. His guests tomorrow:

Monday's Guests:
6:29am-Jonathan Alter
7:29am-Caroline Kennedy
8:29am- Bo Dietl


26 posted on 09/11/2005 12:45:25 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: BadAndy
I am absolutely convinced that @nus is projecting his attitudes about blacks onto Bush and FEMA.

I am quite sure you are right.

27 posted on 09/11/2005 12:46:24 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: BadAndy

I wouldn't expect anything less from Imus. He is truly a hateful man.


28 posted on 09/11/2005 12:46:31 PM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: konaice
Imus claimed he was the only Republican living on the West Side Of Manhattan.I do not believe it.
He might have voted once for Bush SR or someone and now he is pretending he is not a Democrat.Sorry he is a big limousine liberal and I do not think he is fooling anyone with his fake Republican act.All he has on the show are staunch Dems and McCain.
29 posted on 09/11/2005 12:47:27 PM PDT by ricoshea
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To: leadpenny
he may just be thinking about hanging it up before someone puts a note on him at the dog track.

LOL.

30 posted on 09/11/2005 12:47:29 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: muir_redwoods

>>Which station in Boston if any carries him is nearly insignificant.

He ran for years on sports talk WEEI in Boston (highest rated sports talk station in the country). They decided to put their own team, Dennis and Callahan, on instead, leaving Imus to go to WTKK (Mike Barnicle, Bill OhReally, Severin, Hannity,
Ingraham). 'EEI ratings soon ballooned with their local guys.


31 posted on 09/11/2005 12:50:15 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: ricoshea

He had GHWB and Barbara on last year and he had Dick and Lynn Cheney on on election day in DC.


32 posted on 09/11/2005 12:50:44 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: Panerai
Hip funny DJ of yesterday, grumpy ol' man of today


33 posted on 09/11/2005 12:54:11 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Panerai

He makes my hair hurt.


34 posted on 09/11/2005 12:54:28 PM PDT by mombonn (íViva Bush/Cheney!)
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To: cripplecreek
I can't believe his show has lasted as long as it has.

That's because he is the only morning host a normal person can listen to without diabetic coma.
About half of us are not morning people and we want to hear someone suitably dour.
The rest are all disgustingly cheerful chatterers.

So9

35 posted on 09/11/2005 12:55:50 PM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Those Poor Poor Rubber Cows)
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To: muir_redwoods
He has the numbers for the wealthiest demographic.

Bond traders who would listen to Howard Stern except they'd be be embarrassed.

The LAST time that I listened to him was last year right before the election when he was interviewing (or performing an unnatural act with, it was hard to tell) John Effin Kerry and I was trying to wrap my brain around something that Kerry said that made absolutely no sense. I drove right through a speed trap that I knew about at 25 over or at least that's what the cop said. Anyway, I haven't listened to Imus since. It was definitely worth the price of the ticket to see Kerry defeated, at least.

36 posted on 09/11/2005 12:56:48 PM PDT by Sooth2222
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To: Panerai
Is 96.9 FM Talk ready to send morning man Don Imus back to the ranch?

Lord, I hope so. His show is the biggest waste of air time I've ever heard. If I happen to have WTKK on in the morning when I'm driving our son to school, I catch his show. Usually I change channels to the local station or a Classical station, but sometimes I listen in spite of my better judgement. I've never been rewarded by stellar radio for doing so.

37 posted on 09/11/2005 1:07:55 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Panerai

Always this commuter's choice of last resort, Imus is frequently NOT LIVE! Of whom does he have pictures? How does anyone, in any market, sell REPEATS in AM drive?

Never mind that most vile of self-references, the ranch.
As charity parody, it's the only funny part of the show aside from Bernie and Sid.

Please TKK, put him to sleep.


38 posted on 09/11/2005 1:11:10 PM PDT by Ruddles
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To: Panerai

Imus already has one foot in the grave. Highly unlikely he will make it to April.


39 posted on 09/11/2005 1:18:37 PM PDT by frankjr (Where is my $2,000 debit card?)
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To: Sooth2222

Anus (I thought I was the only one who called him that) really started changing alot when Slik Kaplan from CNN took over, he was getting bad enough before that...Chuck kisses his rear, Bernard I liked til he got sooo righteous about the war, but entitled to his own opinion...but all guest are toooo liberal, arrogant and have never been right about a damned thing in the end and way over inflated of their own self-worth. On top of that I don't like the way they constantly take the Lord's name in vain and other profanities when they could use other words to express theirselves to attempt to be funny.

First thing I told my husband when he came back on the air a week after Katrina, why does he not take a bunch of the homeless and put them up in his guest houses he has...and that wife of his is another story...self-appointed know it all on the enviroment, cleaning products for us all and cooking...which she does none of it in reality. They have hired help.

I wished he would ride off into the sunset along with MSNBC...but then C-Span has gotten so bad in the last years I switch it back and forth and to Fox and Friends...oh well..I do love Rob Bartlett, he is talented.


40 posted on 09/11/2005 1:19:53 PM PDT by whizeup
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To: Panerai

His very young very expensive and nearly worthless wife is going to be very rich and rid of his liberal turkey neck butt very soon


41 posted on 09/11/2005 1:29:10 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: Panerai

I have written several letters to WTKK requesting they retire this buffoon as his show in no longer funny. The reason it is no longer funny is because he prevents his staff from performing parody while he goes on How-Weird Dean like diatribes. There are plenty of other syndicated morning shows that WTKK can use as a replacement if they are not inclined to create their own show. I hope they give this burned(/drugged) out old fool his walking papers.


42 posted on 09/11/2005 1:30:10 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Panerai
Take a listen to most of the big shots he actually likes and chances are they're contributors to his ranch charity-just like Kerry-who I'm convinced he only supported because the big slug contributed money to his ranch.
43 posted on 09/11/2005 1:32:30 PM PDT by Larry381 (This tagline closed for repairs until 2006)
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To: Maceman
I really don't see his appeal.

He was once a refreshing maverick. Or so I've read. Just about everybody has that schtick nowadays.

I don't understand his appeal. Well, maybe to lefty anti-commonsense types.

The last time I listened to him was about two years ago. A car dealer donated a Hummer or somesuch, to some Imus
auction, and Imus was wondering whether the dealer was shafting him with the stripped down version, rather
than the top-of-the-line.

44 posted on 09/11/2005 1:41:04 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Joe Boucher
EXACTLY!!!! Maybe he can eat a hamburger again and get some MEAT on his bones instead of calling everyone else FAT! He is always complaining about how sick he is...yet he is telling everyone else how to eat and live..he really needs a good meal with real cooking, plus I think he might get rid of some of his hypochondria.

I remember when he was Captain Don I think it was in Palmdale...I am from the high desert in Ca. and always listened to the station..long ago and far away now!
45 posted on 09/11/2005 1:48:21 PM PDT by whizeup
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To: mombonn
"makes your hair hurt" soooooo funny. I don't know why I watch IMUS. I never even heard of him till MSNBC got the simulcast thing going, so maybe he's still a novelty to me. As in how can anything so bad be on tv? Or...maybe it's like watching the rails, hoping for a train wreck to happen. He's a phoney, a blowhard, probably a scam artist, and I agree with all the insults.

But someone else said something I agree with totally. Imus does great interviews. He sort of traps people into exposing themselves for who they really are. He does it best with MSM elite who would have you believe they aren't liberals.

Probably most of us (outside NY), became acquainted with Imus when he" shocked Washington with his raunchy jokes about the president at the radio-television correspondents' dinner in 1996". It was telecast on C-Span, and with both Clintons on the dias with him. Imus' favorite people now are the people who didn't desert him during that dark hour.

46 posted on 09/11/2005 1:49:40 PM PDT by YaYa123 (@ God Bless President Bush As the MSM and Democrats Seek To Destroy Him.com)
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To: Panerai

Good. That's one down. I guess drinking the anti-Bush koolaid didn't work for him.


47 posted on 09/11/2005 1:51:26 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: Joe Boucher

Dang me! That is so funny but true!!! As soon as he has no more connections to the rich and famous (as she wanted to be a movie star,he helped finance some low grade movie she was in) she will be gone and in perfect position to be with whomever will help her next move in the scheme of things.


48 posted on 09/11/2005 1:59:40 PM PDT by whizeup
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To: Panerai

Imus is a man whose hatefullness has consistently slipped under the radar. He has made abusive remarks and commentary the hallmark of his humor. I have known a few others who have done the same, but they were just ordinary nobodies, not pretenders to the ears of thousands. I agree that it is time he slipped into radio history. By the way, what ever happened to that nanny who was suing him for dumping her in the dessert in the middle of the night? :)


49 posted on 09/11/2005 2:10:04 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: Continental Soldier

desert, sorry lol


50 posted on 09/11/2005 2:10:44 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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