Thursday was Don Imus’ last radio show, ending a career that started in 1968. It wasn’t hours of Imus guests calling in and wishing him well, or telling him how much he was going to be missed. It was actually one live segment, played twice, where Imus tearfully thanked a lot of people — mostly the listeners, mixed in with best-of clips, some from this week, others with Imus in shouting matches with former sidekick Charles McCord (who retired in 2011) and others. One thing he did say that caught our ear was “I’m going to do one more big thing, I can tell you that.”
Imus didn’t give any specifics about that one more thing, and for sure he sounded as if he was truly done with radio. He said it was too hard to do and he was ready to spend his time with his wife and son and hit the rodeos.
Imus told his listeners, “You have no idea how much I am going to miss you.” That’s when he lost it and got very emotional. “I know in my heart there’s been nobody ever better on the radio than me. I mean that. I’m telling you how it is. Nobody ever did this – nobody – but it wasn’t me who did this. I’m gonna miss you. Because you were the one, and I don’t know who ‘you’ is. I always thought and still think I was always talking to one person. I didn’t know if you were male or female, I just knew there was one person that I talked to and that would listen to me.”