Veteran radio broadcaster and shock jock Don Imus has died - EpicNews

Veteran radio broadcaster and shock jock Don Imus has died on the age of 79.

Imus handed away yesterday (December 27) at Baylor Scott and White Medical Middle in School Station, Texas, after being omitted to hospital on Christmas Eve, based on a household assertion given to NBC New York. A reason for demise has not been disclosed.

The information comes nearly two years after he retired from radio. The controversial host’s final day on the radio was on March 29 of final yr. He had introduced two months earlier that he was retiring, telling followers: “End up the lights…the celebration’s over.”

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Greatest recognized for his outsized cowboy hat and penchant for making controversial, usually offensive, statements, Imus hosted the nationally syndicated radio present Imus within the Morning for 50 years, starting in 1968 and up till his retirement in 2018.

Imus was born in Riverside, California, raised on a cattle “unfold” close to Kingman, Arizona, and he began in radio in New York in 1971.

At one level within the 1980s, he was the highest-paid and most listened to radio broadcaster in America, attracting a each day viewers of over 200,000 listeners.

In 2007 MSNBC dropped its simulcast of Imus within the Morning after Imus described the principally African-American Rutgers girls’s basketball staff as “nappy-headed hos.”

He was additionally fired from his gig on CBS radio for a similar comment. He returned to the airwaves, at New York’s WABC (AM), after eight months of exile.

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New York sports activities radio legend Mike Francesa mentioned of Imus’ demise: “Surprising information on the passing of my good friend, Don Imus. He’ll lengthy be remembered as one of many true giants within the historical past of radio. My ideas and prayers to Deirdre and Wyatt. God velocity.”

Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, wrote: “I spent a lot of my childhood listening to AM radio stations at evening, from WABC to CKLW. Throughout one journey to New York Metropolis, I recorded a man named Imus on my cassette participant are was hooked. I knew him first as a radio legend and later as a NYC icon who was good to Southern man.

“Morning Joe clearly owes its format to Don Imus. Nobody else might have gotten away with that a lot discuss on cable information. Thanks for the whole lot, Don, and Godspeed.”

Imus was inducted into the Radio Corridor of Fame in 1989, and was ranked by Talkersmagazine as one of many 25 best broadcasters of all-time.

Moreover, in 1999 Imus based the Imus Ranch, a cattle ranch close to Ribera, New Mexico for youngsters with most cancers and siblings of SIDS sufferer.

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