Imus canned by MSNBC
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.
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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