Wednesday, December 3, 2008

December 3, 2007

If you were like me, you got up ridiculously early that morning - much earlier than normal people typically wake up for an entertainment program - and headed towards your television or radio or computer.

I urge you to go back and listen to the first ten minutes of that broadcast. In that short span of time, you had their very first aircheck; you had Charles doing the news for the first time, with all of the fans screaming and drowning him out; you had the Imus making his grand entrance; and you had that awesome introduction thing going on ("From {name of hometown}, {name of castmember}.") As great as it was to hear it, I bet it was ten times better to see it.
(Incidentally, if any of you still have the RFD broadcast from that morning, then we may need to talk.)

One thing I tend to forget is the improbability of the entire comeback; how completely unlikely it was, around April 2007, to imagine them celebrating an anniversary of any kind in December 2008. And yet, there they are.

What do you remember from that morning; and what are your thoughts, a year later?

12 comments:

Al said...

The anticipation of December 3rd and the return of Imus was indeed exciting!

But one year later...well, it's great that Imus is making lots of money, has a bunch of new listeners and new affiliates...and he's doing what he said he was gonna do.

So, the I-Man is to be commended...

CG said...

That's a very nice way of putting it.

I was especially glad to hear that 95% of their advertisers are back. That's pretty cool.

Laree said...

http://imustimes.wordpress.com/2008/12/03/imus-blacklash/

Queenpat said...

One year ago,I awoke to an angry Sliwa attacking the show that followed him, he would not even say WHO. The first ten minutes of that show were okay, then it was fair. Now, a year later, I listen more and more elsewhere. Imus has become something all right, nothing. Nothing for us long time fans to relish (save Rob Bartlett and the occasionnal Bernard comment,)nothing new except a continuing "dialogue on race" with the same three or four guests. AND, why hasn't he brought up Al Sharptongue and his recent tax battles? Why not invite him on the program and rip him a new one?...just like what happened to Imus. The old advertisers have returned, but don't stay long, as ad dollars are heading elsewhere. Even the interviews, which Imus did so well, are the same "power rotation" of five-seven guests. What the program has become is something the Imus in 19SEVENTY TWO, would not begin to comprehend...lame.

Anonymous said...

The night before the show came back found me on my compter-- practicing logging on to the WABC website! Then a fitful night sleep and up at five, waiting. . .as nervous as if I were one of the cast memebers.

Does anyone remember the old website by "Big Roy"? It was a great website that summarized the show that day with video clips, etc. Eventually, MSNBC pulled the video clips, but I always wondered who Big Roy really was. Someone from the show???

Anyway, CG,it wasn't long after Imus got fired that I found your blog. You kept me going during those dark days.

I'm used to the new show and the new people now, and I like it alot. Once again, every morning I'm entertained and informed. I love Rob, of course, and did anyone hear Bernie the other day on Sarah Palin? "She's good on the stump. And she's a good campaigner too." :) Same old Bernie.

Fake Cardinal Egan, bejeez. said...

I was there. It was awesome. It'll never be what it was, but it's still Imus. He's better now than he was when he first came back, but you'll never hear him calling anyone anything like he used to.

Bernie needs to be unleashed...

CG said...

It's great to hear what you guys think...thanks a lot.

Fake Cardinal Egan, bejeez. said...

Oh, and also Charles almost ran me over with him and his son in his Jeep because he was "running late". He said good morning and apologized as he flew by me in the line outside Town Hall.

Queenpat said...

Chuck still has the silver Jeep? He and Larry Kenney had silver Jeeps.

Laree said...

Oh my Lord, this is terrible, this is Contessa Brewer. Thank The Lord, that Imus and Crew are not at MSNBC anymore…After viewing this, which one of us believes that anyone at MSNBC batted an eyelash at NHH? This reeks.

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/12/05/video-ms-nbc-producer-gets-wicked-tingle-up-his-leg/

Laree said...

That last video was a hoax so I have been had.

Nick said...

I could not wait for the December 3, 2007 return of Imus....and I'm so happy he's back and going about as strong as commercial radio can let him be in this economy. Since I live in California, there I was….in my cold home office, computer juicing up for the WABC stream…at 2:45am. It was well worth it.
In my view, Tony & Karith have added something to the show, which had to lose some of its guts after April, 2007...Powell was totally miscast as the sportscaster, but several of his bits are funny. Karith gives the I-Man another but different foil, one that might just trip him up if he gets careless again.
The promised being kept, the visits by Dickerson, Gregory, and others are interesting, and Gregory is very funny and sometimes thought-provoking….Imus said he’d examine & comment on the racial aspects of America, 2008, and, despite occasionally going overboard {defending Pacman Jones was over-the top}, the discussion continues without drowning the content in a flood of social commentary.
It's great to hear Charles & Lou, and even the choke-chained Bernie, but one should not overlook Rob Bartlett's contributions...lots of mornings, he's the best thing offered.
Do I miss the raucous locker-room style of years past? Of course. Unlike those who look far & wide to find something to be offended by, I got the joke.....I understand why some got their collective noses out of joint over an “Imus In The Morning” comment, but I never could fathom why they couldn’t just turn the radio off or switch channels.
Sometimes, being thy brother’s keeper, watchdog, monitor, and censor steps all over other’s First Amendment rights to their freedom of speech…..besides, it’s so damn time consuming…..