Imus is pulling in $20 million USD a year
for his resurrected show on the mega-station WABC in New York and while
he has so far been full of apology and wallowing in his own woe —
there is no doubt Imus, at 67 — sounds tired and bored and
Imus only returned to try to save his reputation in the radio industry and not to enlighten us with the wisdom of a changed man.
The Imus show
has been riddled with technical difficulties as evidenced yesterday
when the simulcast of his radio show on RFD television created more
problems than entertainment.
A show at that level of national exposure should not have that sort of
technical growing pains on the second day of broadcast.
of the most obvious, unfortunate, and ill-fitting changes in the Imus
show is the addition of a “Black Sidekick” — is Imus now finally and
wholly Howard Stern? — named Karith Foster who self-identifies as a
“Black Jew.” Ugh.
Imus’ black sidekick
is an Oxford-educated Texas cowgirl whose career has ranged from
broadcast journalism to stand-up comedy, sources told The Post.
Karith Foster, a Harlem resident who grew up outside Dallas, was
brought on by Imus to ease tension stirred up by his racist comment
about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, which got him booted in
April, sources said.
Foster was raised in upscale Plano, Texas, which she describes on her
Web site as having “the ethnic diversity of a Klan rally.”
My sense is Ms. Foster will not last long on the show.
She’s there for show only — she provides Imus an umbrella of
protection from a return of his Racist comments — but she is
untalented, grating, and has a voice that inspires one to drag their
fingernails across a blackboard in a harrowing imitation of the sound
her warbling laugh creates in the listener’s head.
The greatest revenge, I suppose, for the Rutgers Women’s Basketball
team is the return of Imus where he slowly dies and fades away into
irrelevance instead of being infamously branded in our forever memory
as burning out on their time and in their good name.