Imus started his career in a totally different era. My parents used to listen to him when he was only heard around New York City. That must have been in the late 60s or early 70s. Quite honestly, I found him annoying and totally unlistenable even then. He was the “old timer’s” DJ.
Thanks to the Internet, blogs, instant media analysis, “gotcha journalism,” and changes in attitudes about what is acceptable, Imus outlived his own M.O. I am not saying that other “entertainers” have not said or done worse, but Imus was a big target. He liked it that way. He enjoyed being outrageous. Turned out, more people, with more influence, enjoyed taking aim and taking him down.
Even if he comes back somewhere on another radio network, he will always be remembered as the guy who brought “nappy-headed hos” into the mainstream media.
RIP, Don Imus.