The Dick Summer Connection – October 21, 2007

My friend and fellow fired broadcaster Bruce Bradley just sent me an Email. He said, “CBS paid Imus $10 million for breaking his contract and forcing him not to work for 5 months, which is twice as much as he would have been paid for working. Plus, he ends up on WABC, a hotter station by far than WFAN, AND he gets to bring back Bernard McGuirk, who started the whole nappy head thing. Guess they sure showed Imus a thing or two.” As usual, with one whack, Bruce nailed the point and splintered the nonsense.“Big Louie…his own bad self” likes to say, “We don’t see things the way THEY are, we see things the way WE are.” And that’s the problem with the guys with the biggest mouths about racism…they are usually the real racists.Don Imus is a decent guy. I worked with him for years at WNBC. He’s a pain in the tail, and he’s often crude, but I’ll guarantee you he’s not a racist. Right off the top…racism is obviously stupid… and Don’s a very bright guy. His charities benefit people of all races and religions. His main tormenter is Al “Sharpie” Sharpton, who calls himself a reverend. “Sharpie” is also a very bright guy. But “Sharpie” has made his career out of anti-white/anti-Jewish racism. However… I’m not aware of any charities with which “Sharpie” is associated except those from which he is a main beneficiary.

Imus is as honest as most guys, and more honest than many. He was a miner, a railroad guy, and a U.S. Marine who barely escaped a court marshal and dishonorable discharge because he and a buddy…under the influence of an excess of adult beverages, no doubt…swiped the stars from a general’s jeep and put them on their own car one night. He’s a “bad boy”… but a good man.

Al “Sharpie” Sharpton essentially bought his “Reverend-hood” while he was still a teenager. He got famous by defending a girl named Tawana Brawley in 1981. “Sharpie” said that Ms. Brawley couldn’t get a fair trial because N.Y. Attorney General Robert Abrams (who was Jewish), was “another Adolph Hitler.” (Huh ???) Ms. Brawley was soon proven to be a fraud, and there are those who would say that “Sharpie” had a hand in setting the whole thing up. But instead of being embarrassed and apologizing, “Sharpie” just went on the attack. His next smear campaign was leveled at then New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. “Sharpie” accused him of being a member of the Mafia…and also a K.K.K. sympathizer. He’s certainly a bad boy, and I don’t see any evidence that he’s ever become a good man.

My Lady Wonder Wench is no Imus fan. She says, “He’s made a career out of snickering and pinching at women.” But she also says, “It’s disgusting to see all the executives who have made money from the ratings he got…turning their backs on him.” Amen, Wonder Wench.

Shortly after Don’s head hit the sidewalk, “Sharpie” said to the media: “It is our feeling that this is only the beginning. We must have a broad discussion on what is permitted and not permitted in terms of the airwaves.” WHAT??? “Sharpie” and his crowd will “discuss” what THEY think should be allowed on the air!!! And the MEDIA IS BUYING IT. The first person the big news guys interviewed when Imus’ new deal was announced was…”Sharpie”…who said essentially…”Stay tuned for more of my decisions on “what should be permitted and not permitted in terms of the airwaves.”

Any harm that was done to the Rutgers women’s basketball team wasn’t done by some stupid, coarse remarks made by a guy who was just doing the same radio act that he had been doing for decades. None of them even heard about it until “Sharpie” expressed his “moral outrage” and the media ate it up. As a matter of fact, not one of the Rutgers women even knew who Don Imus was until this stuff hit the headlines.

This wasn’t about the Rutgers women…or “moral outrage”…and certainly it wasn’t about “broadcasting standards”…whatever the hell that means. It was simply a hypocritical, media power grab by “Sharpie” and a cowardly run for cover by the broadcasters and politicians involved.

You can’t expect anything better from politicians and broadcasters. But how about from someone who calls himself a Reverend? As I recall, doesn’t the bible say something nasty about hypocrisy? I guess “Sharpie” hasn’t come to that chapter yet.

Watch out for “Sharpie” and his pals. They’re an ambitious, hypocritical, and lethal bunch. And by the way…on the outside chance that any of “Sharpie’s” guys are reading this… don’t make the mistake of calling me a racist…or at least do it to my face…and I’ll straighten you out pretty fast. I’m not stupid either. And I’m from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn…so I’ve seen you guys at work for a long time.

Over the last few months, when the rumors of the Imus return started cooking, I asked a number of friends from the radio business what they thought about it. They almost all said they’d hire him in a heartbeat as long as he returned “humbled and more careful.”

B.S., GUYS. If you want a saint…hire someone who’s humble and careful. If you want a big time morning show…hire an Imus. He’s no saint. But be honest, guys… Mother Theresa was never invited to any all night parties. Saints are wonderful people, but they’re BORING. Imus isn’t particularly wonderful. But he’s honest. And he is very ENTERTAINING … because he really is…a very Bad Boy…and a very Good Man.

I wish he hadn’t decided to come back. I wish he’d just taken his money and spent the rest of whatever is left of his life enjoying his wife and kids, and ranch, and Central Park brownstone… and his amazing career. I wish him every blessing a bad boy/good man deserves.

 

WHO THE HECK SENT ME THIS…PLEASE CONFESS…I LOVE IT !

A husband and wife were scheduled to attend a Halloween party. The wife got a terrible headache and told her husband to go to the party alone. He, being a devoted husband, protested. But she argued and said she was going to take some aspirin and go to bed and there was no need for his good time to be spoiled by her not going. So he took his costume and away he went. The wife, after sleeping soundly for about an hour, woke without pain, and as it was still early, decided to go to the party. As her husband didn’t know what her costume was, she thought she would have some fun by watching her husband to see how he acted when she was not with him. So she joined the party and soon spotted her husband in his costume, cavorting around on the dance floor, dancing with every “babe” he could, and copping a little feel here and a little kiss there. His wife went up to him and being a rather seductive babe herself, he left his new partner high and dry and devoted his time to her. She let him go as far as he wished, naturally, since he was her husband. After more drinks he finally whispered a little proposition in her ear and she agreed, so off they went to one of the cars and had passionate intercourse in the back seat. Just before unmasking at midnight, she slipped away and went home and put the costume away and got into bed. Wondering what kind of explanation he would make up for his outrageous behavior. She was sitting up reading when he came in, so she asked what kind of time he had. ‘Oh, the same old thing. You know I never have a good time when you’re not there.’ Then she asked, ‘Did you dance much?’ He replied, I’ll tell you; I never even danced one dance. When I got there, I met my brother Pete, Bill Brown and some other guy, so we went into the spare room and played poker all evening. ‘You must have looked really silly wearing that costume playing poker all night!’ she said with unashamed sarcasm. To which the husband replied, ‘actually, I gave my costume to the host. Apparently he had the time of his life’

 

Dick’s Details Quiz – All the answers are available in the current PodCast at www.dicksummer.com

1- What does it mean when we call a religion “disorganized”? 2- When an Iranian says, “let’s eat some shitta,” what does he mean?

3- Who do you know who looks like a “borderline Harrison Ford”?

Scoring:

3 right – Don Imus

2 right – Your local morning drive guy/girl.

1 right – Your local all night guy/girl.

0 right – Rush Limbaugh.

Hey…I’m asking for a favor. If you like this blog and/or the PodCast, please mention it at www.stumbleupon.com or www.digg.com . Thank you. It’s time to bring some new folks into the Louie-Louie Generation.

I’ve often wondered who makes up the jokes that go around on the Internet…like this Halloween Party story. It has to be a guy. Women don’t make up jokes. I guess if they want a laugh, all they have to do is look at us. But when women take surveys about what they look for in a man, they always say they want a guy with a sense of humor. That isn’t what they wanted in high school, as I recall. And have you ever wondered who tells the Pope jokes? Better yet, what kind of jokes does he tell? If you know any of the Pope’s jokes, please Email them to me at dick@DickSummer.com . My friend Don Imus is going to need that kind of material to use in his new career.

PS- The following came in from a big time radio guy friend of mine when he saw this prior to publication. I’m not going to reveal his last name, (which you would probably recognize) because I don’t want him suffering any RAT-aliation for having written it:

AMEN, DICK!!!I couldn’t agree with you more on the I-MESS …here are some of my thoughts…you left out a couple of important points…if I may, my friend…

First: Al Roker at NBC-TV was quite vocal that Imus should be fired. Nice going, Al. Al Roker at NBC-TV was quite vocal that Imus should be fired. Nice going, Al.

The man is down and out and drowning, so what do you do…stick a huge pin in his life preserver! I’m not endorsing or condoning the remarks Don made…no way.

But, for a ‘brother broadcaster’ to INSIST that another be fired–is simply, not cool. Personally, I can’t wait for ‘Pal Al’ to stumble with a slip of his glib tongue on his Today Show! Any one who has been on the air, since breakfast, knows when one is doing 3 or 4 hours of LIVE Radio or TV on a daily basis, sometimes, you slip and say things you wish you could take back. We’ll be keeping an eye & ear on you, Al. The I-Man apologized, folks!! Suspend him for a week or so, if you want…but, why not use his name and popularity to do some good. Have him speak to school kids both inter-city and out in the burbs, about the dangers and long term affects of such ill advised comments. If, the I-Man wouldn’t do it on his own– insist it be part of his penance. Can’t you just hear him now, on his daily radio and TV feed—“later today, boys and girls, look for Brother Bernard and Uncle Don…we’ll be speaking at PS # 402, at 1 pm this afternoon!” I’m making light of it, but I honestly believe, much good could have been accomplished.Management and Don Imus could have turned a bad negative into a super positive! 

Why didn’t the suits recall this old saying…”when you get lemons, you make lemonade!” Guess broadcast managers don’t drink lemonade these days, while shooting a round of golf. Hey, how bout this…as part of the I-Man’s penance, make him purchase uniforms for the girls team at Rutgers, til the next millennium! He can certainly afford it! …BUT, DON’T FIRE HIM. Don I-Mus was doing what he was paid to do—and DID DO for years…outrageous ‘bad boy’ behavior on the air. It’s part of the broadcast double standard that permeates radio and TV today. Point #2, fellow broadcasters who are a closer to the NYC radio scene and the I-Man than yours truly, mentioned that the I-Man’s bosses insisted that Don become even more outrageous with his on-air comments. HELLO! This was some time before the Rutgers incident. Sure…as long as the BIG BUCKS are rolling in and the ratings are half-way decent—the suits turn their hypocritical faces the other way. But, as soon as pressure was placed on the ALL IMPORTANT advertisers, the game plan was suddenly changed, and those same management types, turned into candidates for ‘Saints of the month’ club. Sorry guys, you can’t have it both ways.Back to Point #1 and ‘Virtuous’ ‘ Al Roker. His blog at NBC insisted that the I-Man be canned. He even went to NBC (MSNBC) management and said, not in MY house will this happen. Referring to Don’s statements about the ladies at Rutgers. I can’t help but wonder, if Al has read the part in the Bible, where it says, “let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.” Have you ever messed up, Al? 

I, for one, welcome Don back to the air! Deep down, he probably is ready to retire to the peace and relative quiet of his ranch, to hang out with his family and critters, but something tells me his competitive spirit that makes the I-Man tick, just wouldn’t allow himself to leave a career he feels so passionately about—radio! Besides, now, by being ‘back on radio,’ in his own ‘special style,’ he can set the record straight—before he retires—-that, bad boy and all, the I-Man is a damn good radio entertainer

but most importantly, that he’s NOT a racist! That’s my take—Sir Richard of the night-time airwaves—-on the I-MESS!Your pal, Joe  

 

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