After six months in exile, Don Imus is returning to the airwaves, according to the New York Post. He is expected to announce by this afternoon or tomorrow morning that he has sealed a deal with Citadel Communications to host mornings on the company's flagship WABC/New York.
WABC will be Imus' only station for now, but a source involved with the deal said it is "more likely than not" that he will eventually be syndicated across ABC Radio's 22 stations. The same source also said that Imus signed a 5-year deal with Citadel that pays him between $5 million and $8 million annually.
The tentative plan is for him to return to the airwaves December 3.
Imus is also working on acquiring a separate television deal similar to the one he had with MSNBC. Among the television outlets talking with Imus is RFD-TV, a farming-focused satellite television network that nobody has ever heard of.
Imus was fired by CBS Radio back in April after being universally ostracized for calling the Rutgers University women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos."
Thursday, November 01, 2007