Skip to comments.Dusk for Don? Rumors fly on Imus' 'TKK future
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!
I can't believe his show has lasted as long as it has.
(I ask this question having seen him.)
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.
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.
Don Imus is still alive. I guess trash radio pays off.
Imus is a slut.
If it weren't for Bernie and Chuck, the show would be dead as well.
Imus is all of the boring monologue of Stern, but without the occasionally interesting Playmate interview.
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.
Downhill slide continues.
You call that being alive, listen for about 2 months and started listening to NPR, then don and roma and now Tony Snow.
Imus kisses the ass of every MSM personality he talks to.
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.
He endorsed John Kerry, didnt he?
I love how Imus is depicted in the book and movie 'Private Parts.' :-)
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
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...
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.
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