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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!


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
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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