October 17, 2007

ONE MORE OFF-COLOR REMARK AND HE MAY BURY RFD:

Imus in Talks With Channel That Has Long Rural Reach (JACQUES STEINBERG, 10/17/07, NY Times)

Don Imus, expected to announce soon that he will begin broadcasting on WABC radio in New York City in December, is in serious discussions with an unlikely partner to simulcast his radio show on television. It is RFD-TV, a satellite and cable channel aimed primarily at farming and other rural communities. [...]

For Mr. Imus, whose previous show on CBS Radio was seen nationally on MSNBC, RFD (which stands for rural free delivery) would offer a lower profile. Mr. Imus used to share a cable network with hosts like Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews; at RFD-TV his show would be a marquee lead-in to others with titles like “Cattlemen to Cattlemen” (a 30-minute newsmagazine about the cattle industry) and “Horse Babies” (an eight-week mini-series).

Over Labor Day weekend RFD broadcast a one-hour documentary about Mr. Imus’s ranch in New Mexico, where he regularly plays host to children with cancer and other illnesses. If Mr. Imus were to sign with RFD-TV, he would be seen in New York, Los Angeles and other big cities (with the notable exception of Des Moines) only by viewers with satellite service, including from Dish and DirecTV.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 17, 2007 6:26 AM
Comments

Dude, you don't get RFD-TV? They've got a bunch of great shows on old trains that you would love.
I [expletive deleted] hate Imus so I probably won't watch any of his shows.

Posted by: Bryan at October 17, 2007 10:55 AM

I, for one, will be begging my cable company to provide RFD TV if Imus is simulcast. Imus fans are very loyal, and will demand access to the I-man.

Posted by: pattyann at October 17, 2007 3:39 PM

If Imus gets back on the air, his first guest ought to be Reverend Al. He could ask him if he paid for the suit he is wearing, and see where things go from there.

Posted by: ratbert at October 17, 2007 10:59 PM

ratbert, I can't stand Imus, but please post here if he actually goes after those who tried to get him off the air. I may revisit my position on turning him on (no pun intended).

Posted by: erp at October 18, 2007 9:10 AM
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