Friday, November 30, 2007
I definitely agree that he deserves a spot on the list, but I couldn't help but laugh at all the other names on this thing:
-David Beckham and his wife, "Posh Spice" Victoria Beckham
-Katherine Heigl (She's on Grey's Anatomy - thank you, Wikipedia)
-Former President Bill Clinton (I don't know if he had any #1 hits)
-MySpace media moguls Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe
Now I don't want to judge before seeing anything, but this special looks pretty heinous. First off, look at all of the people on the list. (Posh Spice? Seriously?) And even worse, you know Barbara Walters is going to try and make the I-Man cry. That's gonna be super-awkward.
At any rate, someone might want to watch 20/20 tonight just to make sure they're not showing anything special. I would do it myself, but I have plans for tonight. Plans that I don't want to ditch because some USA Today staffer was too lazy to fact-check. So if someone sees it, tell us how it went. I'm assuming that a diligent person somewhere will put it up on the Youtubes, and the rest of us lazy and/or technologically challenged people will be able to free ride off of their work.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
EDIT: I need to clarify something that I wrote earlier. I had said that I was discouraged by the more "somber" tone in the latter link, and I hoped that it wouldn't carry on to the new show.
But "somber" is too harsh a word. "Reflective" is better. I was just disturbed a little that the old one was zany, and the new one is much more serious. I suppose it has to be, but whatever.
The second one is well-written, though. And you can tell that Charles wrote it, too. It has that perfect mix of SAT vocab and depraved humor.
I like the way it's crafted. It starts out with this image of a narrator who's come to tell you a tale of an extraordinary person. But, the narrator cautions, "If you knew a certain fact about this man's life, you would condemn him immediately and stop listening. So I'm not going to tell you that fact until the end. But first, let me tell you the real story." Then it branches into this narrative about how the protagonist's life totally sucked until about age 30, when he achieved fame and glory. Everything is going great until finally, when things reach their best, the narrator feels that he has to tell you this horrible secret. Very effective.
(Can you tell that I'm a writer and like to overanalyze things?)
Items of interest:
- A nice David Hinckley article in today's Daily News, discussing RFD-TV.
- A "revenge is sweet" article from today's Page Six. They got their information from (who else?) Bo Dietl. More on this later. (It also made the front page of today's Drudge Report, LOL).
- Two more affiliates: 92.7 WXUR in Utica, and WTAR-AM 850 in Norfolk, VA.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
It's buried in a article about GM being wishy-washy with buying ad time on Imus in the Morning.
"The show will be carried on 61 stations outside of New York."
Yeah, that's right. Including WABC, there will be 62 stations broadcasting the show. So, the show will be back to its original number of affiliates.
More good news: this was hinted at earlier, but today's TVNewser confirms that Newsweek guests won't be back. Honestly, losing the Newsweek guests might be the best thing that happened to Imus' show. They all were so boring, self-absorbed, and brought nothing to the table.
In the meantime...four more days!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Oh, and guess who does the mornings on the station's FM side? None other than Opie and Anthony.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
KCAA's website contained daily podcasts of every single Imus show since February 2006. After the cancellation, some KCAA employees urged Imus fans to download these shows before the station deleted them.
Friday, November 23, 2007
First of all, how hot is this logo? Thanks to Al for finding it; it's on the WTKK website, and it's my favorite so far. (I even like it better than the retro-looking red-orange-yellow WABC one. Now THAT is an excellent logo.)
Second, I urge you to read James Wolcott's excellent piece on various people whining about Imus' return. Mostly, it will put you in a good mood. But more importantly, it succintly sums up our feelings about this entire "hate speech" accusation. Is is wonderfully written and worth your time.
Third, more good affiliate news: 1340 WTAN out of Clearwater, Florida has decided to syndicate the program! (That's WTAN, not WFAN, LOL).
Fourth, expect something exciting in the next couple of days. It isn't news or some sort of scoop; rather, it's just something that I put together. I think you'll love it. (If I can figure out how to post it, that is. I'm still a Blogger novice.)
In the meantime, can you believe that we're almost a week away?
Thursday, November 22, 2007
May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Yeah, it's pretty awesome to be on the cover of Time magazine. But really, the only reason I'm posting this is Dilbert. That's right. Dilbert, the star of all the desktop calendars of my youth and early adolescence. The guy whose adventures decorate refrigerators and bulletin boards and lockers. The character who starred in my favorite comic strip in middle school.
Forget about Imus. Being in the same picture with Dilbert is the epitome of coolness.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Speaking of Internet issues, sorry for lack of activity this weekend. I will get around to answering my email, I promise.
Fourteen more days!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
1) Is Imus coming back?
Indeed he is! 770 WABC will be his flagship station. He'll also be simulcast on RFD-TV.
2) Can I get tickets to his opening show?
Yes, you can! The show will be at the Town Hall Theatre in New York, on Monday, December 3rd. You can buy tickets here. (Also, information about parking, directions, accessibility, and a guide to local hotels and restaurants can be found under the "Visitor's Information" section on the Town Hall's main webpage.)
3) Will Imus be syndicated anywhere?
The list is growing, but so far we know that he'll be on 96.9 WTKK in Boston. (Speaking of WTKK, you might want to listen to longtime I-Fave Jay Severin make the announcement about his return. It's pretty awesome.)
4) Is Bernard McGuirk coming back?
5) How about Lou Ruffino?
Who is Lou "Ruffino"? And why are you asking me? This is an Imus site, not classmates.com.
That said, I do know that Lou "Rufino" -with one F - will be rejoining Imus.
6) And what about Rob Bartlett?
He'll be back. (Incidentally, you might want to get more information about his stand-up shows here.)
7) Will Imus in the Morning be broadcast on a delay?
Yes, for twenty-one seconds. Some people are making a big deal out of this, but I don't really see the issue. It's not a minute and a half or anything.
8) What channel is RFD-TV on ?
If you have DirecTV, it's channel 379. If you have Dish Network, it's channel 231.
9)I don't have RFD-TV. How do I get it?
This is a complicated question, depending on where you live and what cable provider you have.
I would provide a link to RFD-TV's website to explain everything, but their website is down right now.
10)How are Morning Joe's ratings?
Not so good.
11) Like me, did you laugh at Morning Joe's heinous new logo?
Yes, I did. Apparently MSNBC fired their graphics designer when they fired Imus.
12) Have you anticipated all the questions that I've been wanting to ask?
Probably not. If you have any more questions, post in the comments or shoot me an email. I'd be happy to help.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Imus Is Back!
77 WABC Presents Imus In The Morningwith The Levon Helm Band
Live from Town Hall in New York Cityon Monday Morning, December 3, 20076:00AM to 10:00AM
Please arrive well in advance of the live broadcast as doors will close promptly at 6AM and ticket-holders arriving after that time will only be seated during scheduled commercial breaks.
The Town Hall
Ticket price: $100.00 (Editor's note: tickets are on sale here.)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
1) The Imus premiere show will NOT be at the Beacon Theatre; rather, it will be at the Town Hall performance center in Midtown Manhattan. The Times says that no ticket information has been announced; however, I included a link to their box office for information.
2) Imus will be signing a contract with RFD-TV within the next few days. Allegedly, it will last for five years and "could be worth" up to $5 million a year. Steinberg notes, "Even with a portion of the RFD payment going to Citadel, Mr. Imus’s annual compensation from his new radio and TV outlets could be within range of the roughly $10 million he was being paid annually by CBS Radio." Bwahahahaha.
3) Imus in the Morning will air on RFD's main channel in the morning. However, it will rerun on their HD station in the evening.
4) Most of the article discusses the juicy details about how the RFD deal was struck, so it's a must-read. It also centers on RFD founder Patrick Gottsch, who comes across as a lovely man and a genuine person.
5) Mr. Gottsch is described as a man "whose shoulder-length grayish hair and weathered complexion are evocative of a younger Mr. Imus, though not much younger." Hey, New York Times? Why must we mock the nice rural businessman?
6) The article says that Mr. Gottsch wants to strike up deals with Comcast and Time Warner. However, it's strongly implied that those talks have not taken place. For those of you who are hanging onto Comcast and Time Warner, it may be awhile (if at all.) So you might want to switch over now.
The details are finally taking shape!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I sometimes like to read the posts at the Mike and the Mad Dog forums. The posters mostly discuss (and hilariously mock) the Mike and the Mad Dog program. But they also talk about other WFAN shows and personalities. I don't go there as often as I used to (for obvious reasons), but it's a fun read.
About a month ago, the administrator of the site contacted Sid Rosenberg and asked him if he wanted to join. (Sid now does mornings at 790 The Ticket in Miami.) Sid did join, and he asnwered a few questions from posters.
But a little over the week ago, he posted the following message. Like I said, I was hesitant on posting this here because it didn't feel right. However, since this was intended to be a direct message to his fans - and not a private email to a friend - I decided that it was appropriate. So here you go.
Sid's Days At The FAN...OVER!
I have received a bunch of emails from listeners on this forum and the New York City Message Board about a possible return to the FAN in the near future.....you want a safe bet? Bet NO!
For starters, I don't believe the "powers that be" (especially the Eric Spitz's of the world) want me back. Secondly, it is a rash judgement to assume I want to be back there....truth be told, I don't. While I readily agree that a voice in my hometown would be nice the FAN would NOT be my first choice.
I am actually down on the station both from an on-air and off-air standpoint. I have a chance to listen (via the internet) a little each day and my relatives up there still listen religously and we've all come to the same conclusion....this is NOT the FAN your dad told you about!
I personally don't like Craig Carton on or off the air and while I like Boomer I can't imagine the show is any good. And I'm sure that on its best day it doesn't hold a candle to the great Imus shows we put on. I LOVE Joe Benigno both on and off the air and I'm also very fond of Somers too. Some of the younger guys (Malusis, Licata, etc) are talented up and comers as well. But for the most part FAN is filled with monstrous egos who aren't nearly as good on the air as they'd like you to believe.
The station will always be a big biller and always have a sizable audience because of the market but that's NOT necessarily an accurate indicator of the overall talent.
I am only in year 1 of a 4 year deal down here and I've started to create a really nice niche in this market. Plus the people I work with down here appreciate my talent and treat me with respect. Not that a return is out of the question, but I would rather end up on a non-sports station or a satellite format.
With that said, thanks again for the continued loyalty and Let's Go Giants!!!!
So...I'm not sure if trashing your ex-employer on the Internet is the smartest thing in the world.
But that said, at least he's keeping it real for his fans and expressing his real opinion.
(Incidentally, if you want to see what Sid's been up to recently, click here to access the audio archive for The Sid Rosenberg Show. He's been getting rave reviews, so you should really check it out. This interview is a good place to start.)
Monday, November 12, 2007
Why did Imus become so angry, you ask? What was the Continent's transgression? Well, it turns out that Carlin was not spending enough time on college women's basketball.
Watch the video here.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
One is buried in an article from the Boston Herald about turmoil in that city's morning radio. It reports that the show will not go into syndication until January. So if you haven't ordered satellite television for RFD, or haven't figured out how to stream WABC from the Internet, do so now. (If anybody wants to know how, just post something in the comments or email me.)
The article also says that radio station WTKK has "lost listeners" since Imus's departure. Really? Last April, article after article insisted to me that Imus was "irrelevant." I guess not, huh?
Switching gears, Bob Raissman's column in today's New York Daily News has some, uh, "interesting" rumors. I would quote directly from the article, but since it is the Daily News it is full of hideous little puns that annoy me. So I'll summarize:
Word on the street is that Imus is hiring two (!) black women (!!?!!?!!!). Oh, and he scrapped Warner Wolf for them, too. So Warner's not coming back.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
We all know the I-man was kicked off the air at WFAN for making racist and sexist remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team. This despite repeated apologies and meetings with the players and coach Vivian Stringer, as well as prominent African American leaders.
But now that he is making a comeback on WABC radio, we're hearing that he is expected to have an African American on-air personality working with him in studio. We still haven't pinned down a name, but we'll let you know as soon as we hear something more.
If Imus follows through on this plan, it will certainly create an interesting dynamic, especially given his reputation for making edgy - and sometimes over-the-edge - racial remarks. And it could go a long way toward re-establishing his credibility if he can remain relevant and more sensitive to racial issues...
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
What with Neil Best being on vacation this week, we didn't want to leave you completely out in the cold if there was some news about Don Imus' impending return to the airwaves. So we've got a few nuggets to share with you.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
EDIT: It also claims that the show would be available on their HD network. You know, I love Don Imus, but seeing him in High Definition might traumatize me for life...
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Peter Applebome writes a thoughtful article about the Imus comeback and the current state of radio. It's good reading.
My favorite passage:
I’m not a member of Imus’s club. My only brush with him came when he lambasted me for a few days a lot more vigorously than he did the Rutgers women. (Long story. It was all schtick.)
I think you can explain a lot of Imus in the Morning behavior that way. It was all schtick.
I love Dick Cavett.
And you will, too, after you read this following piece, "Hail, the Conquered Hero", which eloquently describes the Imus situation. Mr. Cavett is a brilliant, cerebral man and a master of the English written word. I highly recommend his other works as well.
This might be the most eloquent, rational, and truthful article written about this mess.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Citadel Broadcasting Corporation and 77WABC Radio today announced the hiring of Don Imus as the station’s new morning host beginning Monday, December 3rd. Imus is bringing his team back to the radio on 77 WABC including newsman Charles McCord. The show will air 6am to 10am on 77WABC and will be syndicated nationally by the ABC Radio Network.
“We are ecstatic to bring Don Imus back to morning radio,” said 77WABC President & General Manager Steve Borneman. “Don’s unique brand of humor, knowledge of the issues and ability to attract big-name guests is unparalleled. He is rested, fired up and ready to do great radio on the nations most listened to News/Talk radio station, 77WABC.”
Imus has been a morning radio icon for over 30 years in New York City. Throughout that span, Don developed a reputation as a hard-hitting interviewer, able to ask tough questions and still have his guests come back for more. An extensive roster of celebrities, politicians and media stars have appeared on his program during that time, establishing Imus in the Morning as the nation’s radio show of record.
During that same time, WABC grew into the most listened to News/Talk radio station in the nation. From its studios, 77WABC launched the national careers of the biggest talk show hosts on the radio: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Matt Drudge. “Having Don Imus join the WABC galaxy of stars is certainly an amazing addition to our station and for our company but most importantly, the real winners are morning radio listeners everywhere,” said Borneman.
Nov 1 04:33 PM US/Eastern
By LARRY McSHANE
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Don Imus will return to the airwaves Dec. 3 on New York's WABC-AM, only nine months after the cantankerous shock jock's career seemed doomed over his racist, sexist remark about a women's college basketball team.
Citadel Broadcasting Corp. made the announcement Thursday, confirming long-rumored reports that Imus was coming back to morning drive time in the same city where he was banished in April.
"We are ecstatic to bring Don Imus back to morning radio," said 77 WABC President and General Manager Steve Borneman. "Don's unique brand of humor, knowledge of the issues and ability to attract big-name guests is unparalleled. He is rested, fired up and ready to do great radio."
Imus will return with his longtime newsman, Charles McCord, and other members of his morning team, Citadel said in announcing the move. It did not specifically mention Bernard McGuirk, the producer who was fired along with Imus.
Imus will replace the morning team of Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby on the Citadel Broadcasting-owned station.
The acid-tongued broadcasting icon was fired in April after he called the Rutgers University's women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" on the air, sparking a national furor and calls by civil rights leaders and broadcast journalists to resign.
But just three months later, Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the strongest voices calling for the shock jock's firing, said Imus had a right to make a living and could return to radio.
Citadel Broadcasting CEO Farid Suleman also recently defended Imus, telling The New York Times in a recent interview: "He didn't break the law. He's more than paid the price for what he did."
But prospects of Imus' return, anticipated for months, have outraged critics including the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Organization for Women, who said the idea of him coming back to the airwaves months after he was fired is nearly as insulting as the comments that drove him off the air.
The radio industry has eagerly awaited his return and the ratings he brought on his WFAN-AM morning show program, which had also been simulcast on the MSNBC cable channel.
Suleman's WABC-AM is already home to several syndicated hosts: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.
Imus' national presence would trump the local Arbitron ratings, where his WFAN-AM show consistently drew fewer listeners than Sliwa and Kuby.
As The Post first reported back in August, radio's lone cowboy (haha, what?) is expected to announce this afternoon or, at the latest tomorrow morning, that he has sealed a deal with Farid Suleman's Citadel Communications to host a morning talk-show on the company's flagship WABC station in New York...
Yeah, I wish they would just ANNOUNCE it already, but this is excellent news. Happy November.