by John Galt
January 22, 2018 19:45 ET
I know many of my readers will not care, but there is an important event happening on March 29, 2018:
Don Imus is retiring from radio.
One of the most controversial voices in radio is shutting off his mic.
Shock jock Don Imus announced this morning that he is retiring from his eponymous Imus in the Morning radio show. The “I-Man” will broadcast for the final time on March 29.
While Imus’ contract originally went through the end of 2018, the 77-year-old said on air that the bankruptcy of Cumulus Media, which syndicates Imus in the Morning, had required a change of plans.
The move will also affect the show’s six-member staff, who the host paid out of his own multi-million dollar contract. Imus said he was announcing his retirement early to give them a chance to find work.
He added that Cumulus initially offered to pay show staff through March 31, and then offered him $1 million to be part of a new WABC morning show until December. Imus declined the extension.
Way to go out on your terms Mr. Imus.
While I am no fan of the original screaming shock jock formats of the 1980’s and 1990’s in New York City, his impact on not just talk radio, but pop radio during the 1960’s to 1970’s time period, was immense. There are few giants left in the industry that will have the impact of Imus and his announcement, but as they ride into the sunset, a part of America’s innocence and childhood passes on. Thank you Don for your entertainment, your charity work with the kids, and sharing your lives with us.
Radio still lives on.
Finding good radio however, is getting harder and harder to find.