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A Profile of Radio Personality Don Imus


Don Imus, WABC-AM/New York

Don Imus, WABC-AM/New York

Photo Credit: © WABC-AM/New York
Radio: Imus began as a DJ in 1968 in California, where he worked at KUTY, Palmdale. He worked at both KJOY in Stockton in and KXOA, Sacramento in 1969.

In 1970, Imus worked at WGAR, Cleveland.

He arrived in New York to host WNBC's morning show in 1971 and worked at WNBC until 1977.

After a short 1978 stint in Cleveland, Ohio, he returned to New York City in 1979.

In 1988, WNBC was renamed WFAN. In 1996, the Imus program began simulcasting on MSNBC.

On April 11, 2007, the Imus simulcast was removed from MSNBC and on April 12, 2007, CBS Radio announced it would cease to broadcast his daily show. A week earlier, the original shock-jock made what many considered a racially-charged remark about the Rutgers women basketball team and the ensuring criticism built into such a firestorm that black leaders successfully brought pressure to bear on his employers to have him removed from the air.

On August 14, 2007, Imus settled a contract lawsuit against CBS reportedly for $20 million dollars.

On November 1, 2007, it was announced Imus signed a new contract with Citadel Broadcasting and began airing his show from WABC-AM/New York on December 3, 2007.

On March 16, 2009 Imus announced during his radio show that he had stage II prostate cancer.

In August 2009, Imus announced the TV portion of his radio program would no longer be syndicated (simulcast) on RFD-TV. Soon after. he announced the show would move to the Fox Business Network.

TV: Imus has appeared on various TV programs including the "Today" show, "Prime Time Live", "20/20", "48 Hours", and "60 Minutes".

Awards: Three Marconi Awards, Major Market Personality of the Year (twice) and Syndicated Personality of the Year. Imus is also a member of the Emerson Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Online: Visit Don Imus web pages at www.wabcradio.com.

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