Dear Mr. Imus,
Welcome back to radio! For your listeners, mornings just haven't been the same.
Comedy isn't easy, nor was the way your career at WFAN ended. It's difficult to consistently be funny without offending someone, and you didn't deserve to be depicted as a monster. On the other hand, your new deal with WABC is probably a lucrative one, as someone with your increased name recognition deserves. You're fine.
So who paid the price for your lapse in judgment? Certainly, the young women on that basketball team head the list. And so does radio. While NAB President David Rehr and his team are busy reminding Congress about all the good things that local broadcasters do, you sent a different message directly to their constituents – that this industry has sometimes been racist, sexist, and downright stupid.
Radio needs big stars like you. Most of us are sincerely happy about your return. But do us a favor. Please use your immense talent to everyone’s benefit. In return, we’ll be listening, laughing and loving your show. Deal?