Okay, lots of important things from this morning's Jacques Steinberg article:
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!