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Imus in the Morning

Featuring Don Imus

Imus broadcast his first program from New York City back in 1971. His life journey has by some accounts been arduous, by other accounts a freak parade, and by still others as a matter for a RICO investigation. It began out in the great American West, California and Arizona, and eventually would make its way on across the country to Ohio and New York.

Imus was born in Riverside, California. Ranching was the family business and he was actually raised on a big cattle spread called the Willows near Kingman, Arizona. Don recalls that period of his childhood fondly and his familiar cowboy persona is completely legitimate. His irascibility appears to be equally legitimate, influenced by more than a few hard knocks along the way. If he revels in the agony of others, as he jokes, it may just be because he’s had a little of that himself. His parents divorced when Don was fifteen, he changed schools frequently, got arrested after a school yard fight, won election in secondary school as class president and was impeached, and, at seventeen, was pushed by his mother to join the marine corps as the best strategy to keep him out of jail. While it all added up to what Imus himself has described as a fairly horrible adolescence, it also disproves a theory that he actually had no parents and instead spawned spontaneously in dust clots behind the Laundromat dryers where one day he would seek shelter. When did all of these events unfold? It doesn’t really matter. And why annoy Don by asking?

Despite the occasional rough patch, Imus did spend a full twelve years in public school and emerged with no formal education…a product of automatic social promotion not even casually tied to merit. He graduated with no honors and no skills, a rare stroke of luck because a broadcasting career required neither. Difficulty continued to dog Imus after his school days: his undistinguished, infraction blotched stretch in the marines, onerous labor in a Superior, Arizona copper mine and a Grand Canyon uranium mine where an accident left him with both legs broken. There was work as a freight brakeman on the Southern Pacific railroad and a back injury suffered in an engine derailment and at one point the indignities of homelessness, hitching, being flat broke. Better, and worse days were to come. This quintessential American and often challenging personal passage materially defined Imus, instilling him with humility, a deep respect for our country and its workers, and a disturbing need to get even. He emerged from the experience with attributes that contributed enormously to the broadcasting distinction he would realize: an intrinsic, conspicuous authenticity, and a unique ability to connect with real people who work hard, serve their country, and care passionately about what really matters in the world.

Once Imus began broadcasting, fame and acclaim came quickly. He was showered with the laurels of radio celebrity including inductions into both the National Association of Broadcasters and radio halls of fame. He was the recipient of four Marconi awards, broadcasting’s equivalent of Hollywood’s Oscars. It got to the point that he would throw this or that slab of walnut with crystal crap glued to it against the wall of his office as a convenient means of intimidating horrified underlings. He was featured on television programs from NBC’s "Today” show to CBS’ "60 Minutes.” He was a guest of Charlie Rose, David Letterman, and of special note, Larry King, in shameless, mutual ass-kissing marathons that challenged the audience's gag reflex.

Don and wife Deirdre will continue to run the Imus ranch for kids with cancer, raise more millions for the Tomorrows Children Fund, the CJ Foundation for SIDS, America’s veterans and their care, autism studies, environmental concerns, and all the countless other things Don does, most with notice neither assigned nor sought.

What do you get when you cross the charisma of Eddie Murphy, the irreverence of Chris Rock, and the Old School charm of Bernie Mack? I have no idea, however, I do know that when you add a quick wit, great storytelling ability, and the performance chops of a seasoned pro you have Tony Powell.

Like someone getting chocolate in your peanut butter or you getting peanut butter in their chocolate, accidents have a way of discovering pure artistry. While attending the University of Virginia, Tony Powell was asked to calm an unruly audience. Suddenly all those summer afternoons listening to Richard Pryor, and Bill Cosby albums seemed to have purpose. With his trademark quick wit, and clever impressions, Tony released the comedic genie trapped within to the delight of the unruly audience. Who knew at that moment in time that Powell was about to embark on a comedic odyssey that would lead to appearances on The Chris Rock Show , NBC's Showtime at the Apollo and two appearances on A&E's Comedy on the Road. Powell has made several appearances on The Comedy Channel. Powell has also opened for celebrity musical groups such as The Ojays and the Whispers. He has worked as the studio warm-up act for Bill Cosby and Nickelodeon's Keenan and Kel show. Since December of 2007 Tony has brought his comedic talents, as both a writer and performer, to the nationally syndicated radio program "Imus In The Morning;" heard weekdays from 6-10 AM EST and simulcast on the Fox Business Network..

As an actor, he has recently appeared on several national television commercials (Visa, Dawn Detergent, Ritz Crackers, Snuggle Brand Fabric Softener). Tony was also the radio voice of ''Mr. Chill'' for Miller Genuine Draft and the U.S. Army reserves. Powell’s voice talents have also been featured in national radio spots for Fila and Heineken. Powell is a college campus favorite as well. He has performed at over a hundred colleges and universities.

Growing up in East New York, Brooklyn, survival requires one of three things; you either have to be a great fighter, fleet of foot, or be a whole lotta funny. Let's just say, Tony Powell ain't no Ali or Usain Bolt, he is however, a whole lotta funny.

Charles "Chucker" McCord was born in Joplin, Missouri, in poverty, the illegitimate son of an itinerant walnut tree logging family that wandered the American Ozarks plateau, looking for seasonal work. Date of birth, unknown, but generally believed to have occurred sometime during the Second World War. 

Colicky, irritating as an infant McCord's parents would move to Springfield, Missouri when he was 18 months old to try to get away from him, and often longed for their very own "Nebraska child dump" type opportunity regarding him, according to individuals who were acquainted with the early McCord family and who found Charles equally unappealing.

After infancy, Charles became seventeen. Not too many years later, he turned twenty. It would be many, many years, however, before he was 47. His current age is an unreliable "ring count" estimate. Don't worry about it. 

Abashed, touchy, even prickly over his lack of formal academic credentials, McCord resents anyone who is "well-educated"...and has adopted the unbecoming habit of taping a bumper-sticker message to the inside back window of the Rolls Royce he neither deserves nor would possess had he not lucked-out years ago and attached himself parasitically to Don Imus. It reads: "MY CHILD JUST BEAT THE S*** OUT OF YOUR HONOR STUDENT." Ugly.

Charles has worked in radio seemingly since the Pleistocene Epoch. He was employed by Springfield, Missouri radio station KICK after his father begged an acquaintance, and part owner of the company, to help get Charles out of the pool halls where he hustled nine ball.

Charles had "worked in radio" for one week at KICK when President Kennedy was assassinated. He denies any culpability himself. During the melancholy aftermath of that terrible event, the station's news/sports reporter became fall down, urp-on-your-shoes drunk, as was his habit. The station's general manager asked McCord if he could read. "Spotty," McCord replied, and was immediately appointed, 'newsman'. The first item McCord ever broadcast was an excerpt from Cardinal Cushing's eulogy to John Kennedy.

Charles then moved to a larger radio station in Springfield, then on to Dallas, Texas, where, ironically, he was employed by WFAA; a radio station owned by the Dallas Morning News at Dealey Plaza, the site of the JFK murder.

Some months later, McCord moved to station WWDC in the Washington suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland...next, inside the District of Columbia to the Post/Newsweek-owned station, WTOP....and from there to WNBC in New York City where his personal "long, national nightmare" with broadcast legend Don Imus began. It continues to this day. Sad. 

Charles has been married to his sister, Connie, for more years than either of them cares to think about. They have one child whom they deny. His name is Leslie. They believe he's in his early thirties, and they know that he has drained the McCord household of ALL disposable income building (thank God) a now successful document imaging business (AcuScan.com) in the state of Florida. 

Today, Charles has no friends, hobbies, interests, outside activities or diversions -- opting, instead, to devote all of his energies to formulating the "perfect murder" of the legendary radio icon for whom he works.

He does embarrass himself at the piano, however...occasionally flies single engine aircraft (poorly)...lets his carefully restored Jaguar E-type roadster rot in the garage...and finds mild enjoyment taunting his wife's champion Boston Terriers, all of whom are named for various St. Louis Cardinal baseball standouts -- to the players' dismay, doubtless, were they ever to find out. 

Charles has, only very recently, reached a personal decision to clear his conscience and admit that he is the father of Octomom's children, and wonders if any money is involved. Especially if, somehow, he could just get all of them into a balloon.

Rob Bartlett started performing stand-up comedy in 1978 hoping it would lead to a career in acting. Nearly 30 years later, Rob has become one of the most versatile performers around. He is a successful actor, standup comedian, radio personality and writer.

Rob started in stand-up comedy at Richard M. Dixon's White House Inn, a talent showcase club on New York's Long Island run by the presidential look-alike. In the early years, Rob supported himself by day as an elevator operator and telephone salesman for radio advertising. It was at Dixon's club where Rob met a 17-year-old Eddie Murphy, and the two became fast friends and formed two-thirds of the improvisational trio The Identical Triplets.

When the trio broke up shortly after Eddie's debut on Saturday Night Live, Rob went on as a solo act and became a headliner in comedy clubs and colleges across the country. He has headlined at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Atlantic City's Tropicana and Hilton Hotels, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort and Casino. On television, Rob has appeared as a stand up comedian on the MTV Half Hour Comedy Hour, Standup Spotlight on VH1 and on Late Night with David Letterman and Conan O'Brian.

In 1986, Rob became a regular in-studio guest of Don Imus at radio station WNBC 66AM. When the station was sold and the Imus in The Morning Program moved to the WFAN studios in Astoria, Rob became a contract player, and has since written and performed some of the show's popular cast of characters.
He has brought some of them, such as Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Camilla Parker Bowles, former president Bill Clinton and Dr. Phil to the new Imus In the Morning set at MSNBC.
Rob appeared in the films The Sex O'Clock News (1984), Spin the Bottle (1999), Table One (2000), and provided the voice of Boss Baker Bunny in the animated feature, The Easter Egg Escapade (2005)

Rob's television credits include starring roles on the Paramount/CBS comedy special What's Alan Watching? ABC's Move the Crowd, and a recurring role on NBC as attorney Milton Schoenfeld on Law & Order, Special Victims Unit. Rob is very proud to have been voted one of the "Top Ten Worst" wrestling announcers in history for his short-lived stint at color commentator of the WWF Monday Night Raw.  He is also the voice of Marty, the hyperactive dog, on the popular cartoon series Kenny the Shark.

He wrote and starred in the Public Television special, Rob Bartlett's Not For Profit T.V. Special, produced by CPTV, which was nominated for five Emmy Awards and won for Best Writing and Best Entertainment Program.

Rob made his Broadway debut as author and star of More to Love. His Broadway Credits also include Amos Hart in Chicago, Mr. Mushnik in the 2003 revival of Little Shop of Horrors, and as Herman in the 2005 revival of Sweet Charity with Christina Applegate.  In addition to his recent return to the cast of  Chicago, Rob portrayed Speed, one of Oscar and Felix's card playing cronies in the original cast of the revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.

His other stage appearances include Golden Boy and Pardon My English for City Center's Encores!
and won a Drama Desk award for his role as Marcus in the Off Broadway Play 'Tabletop' .

Rob lives on Long Island with his wife Sharon and their three sons, none of whom are working yet, much to their dismay.

Warner has been doing the sports on radio or tv  in New York for over 30 years, after doing radio and tv sports in Washington DC for 15 years.

Warner is currently on WABC's nationally syndicated Imus in the Morning show as well as ESPN's Mike and Mike show, and his own sports talk show, on ESPN on Saturday mornings from 7am-10am.

Warner, who is the author of 2 books, Gimme a Break and Let's Go To The Video Tape, is a graduate of American University in Washington DC, where he later taught sports journalism as an Adjunct Professor.

Warner appeared as himself in Rocky IV, and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days as well as the television series the Equalizer.

He has also worked as a background actor in such films as A Beautiful Mind, Enchanted, Men in Black II, and Unfaithful.

Warner spent 5 years, from 1976 through 1980, as a sportscaster at WABC-TV in New York. He also joined ABC Sports, where he hosted Monday Night Baseball, and Wide World of Sports. He called events during the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck and 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Between April 1965 and his arrival at ABC, Warner covered all major sporting events for WTOP-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington DC, including play-by play of Washington Bullets (NBA), Washington Senators (MLB), and The Washington Redskins (NFL).

As a sportscaster for WCBS-TV for 19 years, Warner also appeared as a regular on the CBS Network Morning News. In January and February of 1991, Warner broadcast on Israeli TV during the Gulf War. In May of 2004, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

He is also a member of the NY Jewish Hall of Fame and The Washington DC Jewish Hall of Fame.


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