Don Imus passed away on December 27, at the age of 79 in College Station, Texas.
Imus was a radio personality, television show host, recording artist, and author. He was best known for his radio show, Imus in the Morning, which aired nationwide until 2008, after 50 years.
Imus was born in Riverside, California, into a family who ran a 35,000-acre ranch named The Willows near Kingman, Arizona.
After hearing a morning radio DJ at KUTY in Palmdale, California, Imus went to the station and successfully persuaded the owner of the station to hire him. He signed on the air on June 2, 1968. In two months, he had become number one in the ratings for his time slot and earned a Billboard Award for Air Personality of the Year in a medium-sized market.
Imus also received many honors during his life, including:
- Four Marconi Awards
- Named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America in Time magazine (April 21, 1997)
- Inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
- Talkers magazine ranked Imus as one of the 25 greatest radio talk show hosts of all time in 2002
- He was on the cover of Time Magazine in 2007.
The family will hold a small private service in the coming days and request that any donations be made to the Imus Ranch Foundation which continues to provide resources to other outstanding charities which support families of children suffering from cancer and other illnesses during their times of needs.