Don Imus Fired From Radio Show

A day after MSNBC dropped its morning simulcast of Don Imus’ morning radio show, CBS fired the air personality from his home station, WFAN-AM in New York City. The action taken Thursday (April 12) also ended the national syndication of Imus in the Morning on 61 radio stations. The 66-year-old broadcaster first received a two-week suspension following public outrage over his on-air reference to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos” during his April 4 broadcast. The controversy prompted several major corporations to discontinue sponsorship of the program. Imus’ show was one of the few broadcast outlets for country music in New York City, which has for years been without a fulltime country radio station. His show frequently included live performances by mainstream country artists and Americana-oriented acts.