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One of the most popular radio personalities to be branded with the "shock jock" label, Don Imus was equally loved and loathed by listeners and media critics for much of his 40-year career in broadcasting. The Imus faithful cited his frequently amusing news parodies as well as his charitable efforts and willingness to pursue stories that received little coverage from the mainstream media. And those that loathed the Riverside, CA native only had to point to his frequent on-air use of racial and ethnic insults, as well as long and storied drug and alcohol addictions, as proof positive of his moral ugliness. Unfortunately, that aspect of his personality landed him in considerable hot water in 2007, when his racially charged comments about a black women's basketball team led to calls from political and social leaders for his dismissal.
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