'Imus In The Morning' Radio Show Host Don Imus Dies At 79

Sunday, 29 Dec, 2019

Don Imus, an iconic radio host who spent almost 50 years on the airwaves, died on Friday at the age of 79, the Hollywood Reporter reported. The cause of death was not released.

Imus, who was known for controversial comments and pranks, ran his show for almost 50 years before it went off air in March of 2018. Don and his wife Deirdre founded the Imus Ranch, which helps children with cancer.

Imus' final interview, with CBS' Anthony Mason for Sunday Morning, aired in March of 2018, upon his retirement from hosting his Imus in the Morning broadcast on March 29, 2018.

During his second run at the station in 1979, WNBC also had Howard Stern in its line-up, promoting the two with the slogan, "If We Weren't So Bad, We Wouldn't Be So Good". It would be impossible to list Imus' best moments during his six-year stint in the morning slot at the Fox Business Network, but here is a look back at some of his most memorable. By 2008, "Imus in the Morning" was picked up again for radio syndication by Citadel Broadcasting via its WABC flagship. But he was vilified and eventually fired after describing a women's college basketball team as "nappy headed hos".

What follows are some reactions, including many from people he worked with and had an impact on over his career, as well as some from others who couldn't look past Imus' numerous transgressions. During one trip to New York City, I recorded a guy named Imus on my cassette player are was hooked.

Just two days after Christmas, the radio community was rocked by news of Don Imus' death - he was 79 years old. "I knew the REAL Don Imus. No one else could have gotten away with that much talk". The family moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where Imus joined the marines before taking jobs as a freight train brakeman and uranium miner.