Imus canned by MSNBC

David Tomm
Fri Apr 13 13:38:27 EDT 2007

Diedre & Charles were on WFAN, WTKK and any affiliate station that 
hadn't yet dropped the show.  The way I understand it, Mike & The Mad 
Dog will cover mornings on WFAN starting Monday and will continue to do 
so until management decides on a permanent replacement.  I wouldn't be 
too surprised to see Francesa & Russo's show stay in morning drive.

The original plan was to have Mike Barnicle host the show while Imus 
was on suspension.  Now that the I-Man has been let go things could be 
changing.  I'm assuming Barnicle will be on mornings at WTKK at least, 
and maybe Westwood One will syndicate it to remaining affiliates for 
that two week period to give stations time to find other programming 
for that timeslot.  Just a guess.

During the radiothon this morning, Diedre & Charles were saying that 
the totals were approaching three million dollars and by the end of the 
weekend, they could take in a record 3.5 million in donations.  And 
that's with no MSNBC this year.  It doesn't seem to me like his 
listeners--or sponsors--are abandoning the I-Man, at least in New York. 
  Maybe CBS was a bit too hasty in canceling his show altogether.  
People who aren't familiar with New York radio (which are most media 
pundits and blowhards like Sharpton & Jackson) fail to realize how much 
of an institution Don Imus is in that market.  I can understand pulling 
the plug on national syndication, but taking him off 660 could wind up 
being a big long term mistake for WFAN.

-Dave Tomm
"Mike Thomas"

On Apr 13, 2007, at 11:27 AM, Bob Nelson wrote:

> I think one of the messageboards said that Mike and the Mad Dog would 
> be on in NYC instead...
> another post said that Imus' name, etc., was now gone (it was still on 
> there into the wee
> hours of last night)

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