Report: Is Imus Coming Back To WFAN?
July 2, 2007 at 5:35 AM (PT)
IMUS may be hitting the FAN again -- at least that's what THE NEW YORK POST writes today. The radio rumor mill has turned the volume way up on reports that the return of DON IMUS to CBS Sports/Talk WFAN/NEW YORK is just around the corner. And WFAN itself is fueling the reports.
While celebrating the sports station's 20th anniversary last FRIDAY, IMUS pals MIKE FRANCESA and CHRIS RUSSO of "MIKE AND THE MAD DOG" hinted that a deal to bring the crusty Talk radio cowboy back is in the works.
"When we return to our regular schedule this SEPTEMBER, I hope the team will once again be complete," FRANCESA said. A few minutes before that, longtime IMUS co-host CHARLES MCCORD also made a cryptic comment about having "looked into the rearview mirror... and some objects were closer than they appear."
IMUS was fired in APRIL (NET NEWS 4/12) for making a racist crack about the RUTGERS women's basketball team.
Tapes from IMUS' show were featured all morning on FRIDAY (NET NEWS 6/29), an unusual move for any radio station that had so recently fired its star. WFAN PD MARK CHERNOFF justified the broadcast, saying IMUS' contribution to the station could not be ignored.
Meanwhile, IMUS' lawyer, MARTIN GARBUS, has reportedly been trying to use his client's threatened multimillion-dollar lawsuit against CBS RADIO as leverage for reinstatement, while CBS has prepared a countersuit that it plans to file the minute IMUS starts the legal showdown. The IMUS camp believes the talk-show host is owed somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 million on his current deal. CBS believes there were stipulations in his contract that allowed them to fire him without repercussions.