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Imus Returns to Airwaves

Don Imus returned to radio this morning, less than a year after CBS Radio fired him for using a racist, sexist slur when describing the Rutgers women’s basketball team. Imus’s new show is broadcast by Citadel Broadcasting Corp’s ABC Radio Networks and is based out of New York City’s 77WABC, one of 243 Citadel stations.

The show this morning featured Presidential candidates Democrat Chris Dodd and Republican John McCain. Other guests included author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and political strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin, reports the New York Times.

“To put him back on the air now makes light of his serious and offensive racial remarks that are still ringing in the ears of people all over this country,” said Barbara Ciara, president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), when news broke in October that Imus would likely return to the airwaves. NABJ, along with a large coalition of civil and women’s rights activists, mounted a successful campaign last Spring to get Imus fired from CBS Radio.

Sources:

Reuters 12/3/07; Associated Press 11/3/07; Feminist Daily Newswire 10/18/07; New York Times 12/3/07

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