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August 15, 2007

Don Imus Coming Back, to WABC?

The rumors have him taking over for Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby? WABC has traditionally been a haven for doddering misanthropes (word to Bob Grant) so I suppose Imus would fit in.

Don Imus Settlement With CBS Sets Up Move to WABC

The voice of Don Imus could resurface somewhere on the radio dial as soon as this fall, after Mr. Imus and CBS announced that they had settled the remaining differences about his firing in April over remarks deemed insensitive to women and blacks...

...Because so much of the radio spectrum has been carved up by conglomerates, the list of broadcasters that could offer Mr. Imus the possibility of a flagship in New York, as well as a syndicated network of affiliates, is relatively short. There is Citadel Broadcasting, which owns WABC-AM in New York, but to install Mr. Imus in the morning, it would have to bump “Curtis and Kuby,” a relatively popular talk show. Steve Borneman, president and general manager of WABC, said yesterday that he was happy with “Curtis and Kuby” and that neither he nor anyone else at his company had spoken with Mr. Imus or his representatives.

Another possibility is Clear Channel, but many of its New York stations also have popular morning shows, including WLTW-FM, a light music outlet that is among the most lucrative in the nation, and WHTZ-FM, better known as Z100, which plays pop music.

WOR, an AM station in New York owned by Buckley Broadcasting, is also a possibility. But like any other potential employer, WOR would have to support the salary that Mr. Imus is seeking, believed to be in the range of $8 million or more a year...

Interesting that WFAN is replacing Imus with "Jersey Guy" Craig Carton, of all people..

Posted by jsmooth995 at August 15, 2007 4:43 PM

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