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Author Topic: Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79  (Read 2009 times)

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Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79
« on: December 27, 2019, 2235 UTC »
The controversial radio personality passed away on Friday morning at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in College Station, Texas.

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Re: Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2019, 1433 UTC »
We were listening to Imus at work on the morning of 9/11. We always had him on.

After 9/11 he stopped using his "Explosion" sound effect to abruptly end someone's commentary he didn't agree with. He then started using  Sister Mary Elephant's famous line "SHUUUUUT UUUUUP"!!!!! from Cheech and Chong.



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Re: Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2019, 1459 UTC »
I wonder if Howard Stern will come through on his promise of a shovel-by-shovel remote broadcast live from the funeral?

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Re: Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2019, 1904 UTC »
“I’ll tell you how this works, I talk and you listen.”  ......and so a Radio Hall of Famer of the brightest magnitude shone.

On a personal note, this is about the saddest news I’ve had this year.  I first learned of John Donald while falling asleep to a NY Ranger game at age 14 in 1971.  I was awakened the next morning by Moby Worm demolishing someone’s school on request.  That followed by Right Reverend Billy Sol Hargas.  I was hooked in 30 minutes to follow the rest of his career.

He was not controversial, he was brilliant. Charles McCord’s writing with Imus’ delivery and spontaneous razor sharp wit made the New Yorker’s New Yorker.

I had the good fortunate to talk to him on the air live a few times, recorded on tape.  While 14 he asked if I wished to be 15, I said Yes.  He told me to hang up.  He sent me his baseball cards, I bought “1,200 hamburgers.....”

I had the blessing to hear him pre-simulcast and network.  He was better earlier, his biting NY-centric barbs had to be curtailed for a national audience.

Something Imus is rarely credited is saving sports radio.  WFAN was in the throes of financial ruin before his arrival.  His return to 660 on the dial saved the station, the lone sports station in the country, and thus the format.

The manifestation of his genius was the move from pure satirical comedy to a balance of politics and intellectual humor.  His show was the place to go if you were a politician of any note.  Bill Clinton’s rebound in the ‘92 primary is often credited to his appearance on Imus.

I guess it is appropriate to conclude with Imus’ signature tongue in cheek close, “Keep those cards and letters.”
and as the Right Reverend would end, “Put your hands on your radio.  Say Hallelujah, Say Amen.”

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Re: Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2019, 1924 UTC »
something about being nappy headed goes here
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Re: Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2019, 2012 UTC »

You are not incorrect, Josh.  But I will take the biting, cutting remark as your homage to the late Mr. Imus   ;).
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Re: Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2019, 2044 UTC »
“I talk to millions of people every day,” he said while riding home in a limousine after one show. “I just like it when they can’t talk back.”
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Re: Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2019, 1533 UTC »
A dried up, angry ol' cokehead who got all his good material from his running buddies Kinky Friedman and Larry "Ratso" Sloman.

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Re: Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2019, 1859 UTC »
I always preferred the real hard-core shock jocks, like Rick Dees.

A dried up, angry ol' cokehead who got all his good material from his running buddies Kinky Friedman and Larry "Ratso" Sloman.

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Re: Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2019, 2132 UTC »
"Disco Duck" is one of about 5 or 6 disco songs that I ever liked.....


I always preferred the real hard-core shock jocks, like Rick Dees.

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Re: Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2019, 2204 UTC »
I always preferred the real hard-core shock jocks, like Rick Dees.

A dried up, angry ol' cokehead who got all his good material from his running buddies Kinky Friedman and Larry "Ratso" Sloman.

I once saw a print ad for some rum and cigar event in Las Vegas in the mid-90's endorsed by Rick Dees that called him "The Arbiter of Cool". I couldn't help but think, "He's no Wink Martindale."

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Re: Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2019, 2210 UTC »

You are not incorrect, Josh.  But I will take the biting, cutting remark as your homage to the late Mr. Imus   ;).

Lol never even heard of him till the nappy incident.
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Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2019, 0103 UTC »
Yup this is quite sad....... I remember listening to him :(