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I’d like you to compare Don Imus here with his performance three years later in 1985. This was a period of change for Imus. He was competing with Howard Stern in the afternoon, suffering problems with addiction, and for lack of a better term, pigeonholed into this top 40 sticcato style of speech in and out of records that was more akin to a jock at a music station than one commanding 3 million listeners in a slower paced morning show. But damn. Imus WAS funny! Billy Sol Hargis shows up past the midway point. You’ll hear Howard Stern doing a character bit on Imus’ show (and there was not a hint that it’s stern, but we know his accent!) News by Charles McCord. Imus in the Morning is a more music-intensive program than it would be in later years. In many ways, both the I-man and WNBC are in the middle of that period of change from mostly music to personality based shows, comedy and sports. It would take nearly four years to get there but this was the beginning of the change.
If, after listening to Imus do his show here you’re not thoroughly addicted to the I-man, you’re a better man than I. This is GREAT radio!