This morning WABC radio added Don Imus to their morning line-up, dropping long-time co-hosts Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby. I very much enjoyed their morning radio show and I will miss them. Curtis is right-wing, but pure New York. Kuby is a self avowed communist, and always has keen insight to the national political scene. It was the best thing on morning radio. Funny and informative. They will be missed. The irony is, of course, that Imus says something racist, and he gets to replace Kuby who is a civil rights lawyer.
I was never much of an Imus fan, and never understood his popularity. Maybe I was missing something. Imus has been off the air since April, when WFAN dropped him after his derogatory remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. Apparently, WABC cares more about ratings than their integrity, but that is their business. What has changed since April? I really don’t know.
This is not the first time WABC radio has hired someone who was previously fired for making a very offensive remark on-air. ABC previously fired Bob Grant for making an extremely insensitive remark regarding the death of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, who died in a plane crash in 1996. Recently, Grant was brought back to the station over the summer in the 8pm to 10pm slot.
I am sure they will soon bring Mike Savage on board very soon , who was fired from MSNBC for making offensive remarks about those who have suffered from AIDS.
So, now WABC has Imus, Rush, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin. They’re coming Right along, I guess.