No one will ever confuse NPR and Don Imus. No one will ever confuse good taste with Don Imus. Perhaps it is just a sign of the times we live in, along with the general public attitude, where someone like Imus can climb back into a radio studio and have an open microphone after proving he is not worthy of such a job.
I know there are many of his listeners who are ready for his return. They will laugh at his antics, and urge him to test the limits of good taste again and again. And I am also certain that he will not let them down. The man has shown his addictive personality over time. First with drugs in his personal life, and then offensive language and ill tempered remarks on the airwaves for years. He will not be able to contain his darker side on the air. It is just his nature.
But I also know that there are millions of others that find his type of radio humor deplorable and outrageous. That doesn’t make us more moral or correct. It just means that we care about the airwaves, and have some standards about what we listen to on the radio. We hope that radio broadcasting can be enlightening, rather than a cesspool of snide remarks and objectionable material. Having once worked in radio I tend to care more about the role radio plays in our society than others. Label me old-fashioned, but then consider the alternative such as Don Imus.
Don Imus is back on the air today. How long will it be before he has set off another verbal bomb of profanity and bad taste? How many others will be hurt by Imus before we can retire this shock jock?