Don Imus Biography

Name at birth: John Donald Imus, Jr.

Don Imus is the grumpy and controversial host of the nationally-syndicated Imus in the Morning radio show. Imus started his career as a radio deejay in California in 1968 and moved to New York in 1971. After a stint in Cleveland he returned to New York, where he gained a reputation as a loose cannon who often favored crude humor. After highly-publicized battles with cocaine and alcohol, Imus reshaped his Imus In the Morning show in 1988. He stopped spinning records and turned the show into a forum for news, political issues, charitable causes and sharp-tongued parodies, with an emphasis on biting humor and cranky off-the-cuff comments by "the I Man," as his on-the-air cohorts called him. The show originated at station WFAN in New York City, became nationally syndicated in 1993, and eventually was simulcast on cable TV channel MSNBC. Imus in the Morning was canceled in April of 2007 after Imus described the Rutgers University women's basketball team on the air as "nappy-headed hos." Imus later apologized, calling his own words "thoughtless and stupid," but the apology wasn't enough to save his job. However, he returned to the air with Imus in the Morning in December 2007, this time on ABC Radio Networks.

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On 16 March 2009, Imus told his radio listeners that he had been diagnosed with stage II prostate cancer. He said the disease had been caught early and that "the prognosis couldn't be better"... Imus has had a long-standing public feud with fellow DJ Howard Stern... Imus served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957 to 1959.

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