A small radio station intends to run the “Best of Imus” next week in defiance of Don Imus’ firing.
Fred Lundgren, chairman of 1,400-watt KCAA (1050 AM), said the station would start the series Monday with the program that wound up getting Imus cashiered.
“I’m not going to let networks dictate to me who I run on my station,” said Lundgren.
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The station, which has broadcast the shock jock’s morning show since 2003, also plans to air mostly supportive listener mail and e-mail reacting to the controversy.
The station can be heard in communities east and south of Los Angeles. The Imus material also will be available on the station’s Web site at www.kcaaradio.com Monday.
Calls late Thursday to Westwood One Inc., which syndicated Imus’ morning program, were not immediately returned.
Lundgren said the motive for broadcasting the Imus reruns is in part financial.
“I hate to say it, but without Imus, we’re pretty much toast,” said Lundgren, adding: “What Imus did was deplorable, inexcusable, but it shouldn’t end the career of a man who has done so much good. This is an overreaction beyond anything I’ve ever seen in radio.”