Since the debut of the new Imus in the Morning program on the radio all around the country and on RFD-TV (just one more cow, baby), there have been countless comparisons made by some who feel the show has been taken to a drastically different place, some who claim they are loyal listeners, and some who will simply be called the newcomers.
There has been a vocal discussion by some members of the online community about the new format, centering on the additions and modifications to the cast, and the lack of some old characters returning, such as “Senator Kennedy” and “Cardinal Egan”, to name a few. The claim has been made that Imus is no longer the Imus they used to watch before April of last year – the Imus who couldn’t finish a sentence with disparaging someone or something is gone. Others feel content with having their favorite morning show back on the air, in whatever form it may come.
Despite the absence of Sid Rosenberg and Larry Kenney (his characters are sorely missed), many feel that Karith “Cowgirl Hats” Foster and Tony “the sweater” Powell are funny, good additions to the program, and not overused. Given recent history, some claim that by hiring them, Imus is pandering to his critics, and may feel that their contributions are minimal and unnecessary – better being filled by Bernie and Lou’s banter with Imus, which has also decreased. Nothing could be further from the truth. However, some long for “the old days”. The truth is that none of the listeners of Imus know everything that happened in April. No one knows what he went through, or what pressure and strings he has on him now that he’s returned. It’s not for anyone else to know, though.
The show is still funny and edgy. The guests are still amazing, and the list will continue to grow. Matt Taibbi and Warner Wolf are welcomed additions. Most don’t miss the Newsweek guys (Alter, Meacham, etc.), especially considering what cowards they were in April. Donald Trump was fun – where has he been lately? Bo and Deirdre are still regulars. Even Russert came back. In the absence of some old routines, there have been a few impersonators appearing on the web. During the hiatus, a “Fake Imus”, “Fake Cardinal Egan”, “Fake McCord”, and “Fake Bernie” – among others – appeared to help the I-Nation get their fix of them. Simply put, the program is constantly evolving – it was and is a great program.
I will never forget the feeling I had on December 3, sitting in Town Hall with no idea what was coming from Imus, and not really worrying about it because we all knew who was in charge and that he knew what he was doing. It will continue to be a great program.
If Imus were to (God forbid) have a drink to toast his loyal listeners, it would probably sound like Elaine from Seinfeld: “Here’s to those that wish us well and those that don’t can go to Hell.” That’s my two cents, bejeez.