Oh, man, do I have a treat for you.
So remember a few posts ago, when I posted that authoritative article, dated 1977, that said that Imus was gone forever. Well…um…I found out that he…actually did come back. (This blog regrets the error.) How did I find out, you ask?
Because Airchexx.com posted Imus’ show from his very, very first day back from Cleveland.
News is provided, by Charles, of course. Sports news is also read, and it mostly focuses on the tennis travails of “Chris-sy Ev-ert LLOYD.” Comedy bits are performed. Soft-rock 1970s songs are played. People are mocked.
And if you’re the sixth caller, you can win, quote, “a $430 19-inch color television, and tickets to see the Bee Gees.” HOTT.
But the best thing, by far, comes about 17 minutes into the aircheck. This is when Imus reveals, via his good friend the Rev. Billy Sol Hargus, his story about coming back from his banishment and exile in Cleveland, his fight back to prominence and redemption. But everything is OK now, Rev. Hargus reassures us - for God’s chosen, re-rosen disc jockey is back. I don’t want to spoil it here - just listen to it yourself. “Eerie” does not even come close to describing it.
It was September 3, 1979 - twenty-eight years ago this week - when Imus achieved the impossible and came back from the underworld of the dead…Cleveland, that is. And this aircheck is, in short, amazing.
Imus' Comeback Show - September 3, 1979
(Thanks a million to Airchexx.com, which also provides some context behind the clip; and thanks to Big Apple Airchecks as well.)