Imus Returning to Radio

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Nov. 2, 2007 – Don't call it comeback.  It was more of a vacation.

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Don Imus, who was fired by CBS Radio six months ago in an uproar over an on-air racial slur he made about the Rutgers Women's basketball team, has signed a deal that will have him back in your car and kitchen radio on Dec. 3. — That's when his new nationally syndicated morning show begins.

Citadel Broadcasting, which made the announcement Thursday, says the 67-year-old disgraced shock jock's show will air daily from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., on WABC-AM in New York and will be syndicated through ABC Radio Networks.

"We are ecstatic to bring Don Imus back to morning radio," WABC president and general manager Steve Borneman told The Wall Street Journal Thursday. "Don's unique brand of humor, knowledge of the issues and ability to attract big-name guests is unparalleled. He is rested, fired up and ready to do great radio."

So how much is Imus getting paid? Somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million a year, a source close to the deal told The Journal.  However, with syndication deals, his salary could climb even higher. The controversial radio host was making around $10 million at CBS including syndication.

Imus was fired from CBS Radio in April after referring to the mostly Black Rutgers University's women's basketball team as a bunch of "nappy-headed ho's."

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who led a move to oust Imus in April through a rally and his radio show, in recent months has said he is ready to see Imus back on the air, although he said Thursday he reserved the right to agitate with advertisers if Citadel didn't explain how it planned to "safeguard against Mr. Imus returning to his former vile and biased behavior."

But some groups don’t want him back on the air –  no matter what.

The National Association of Black Journalists has already said it objects to any return to the airwaves by Imus.

What about you?  Should he return to radio in any capacity?  Do you believe he can contain his nastiness? Click "Discuss Now" to post your comment.

Written by BET-Staff

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