COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Disc jockey Don Imus, whose career was made and then undone by his acid tongue during a decades-long rise to radio stardom and an abrupt public plunge after a nationally broadcast racial slur, has died. He was 79.

Imus survived drug and alcohol woes, a raunchy appearance before President Clinton and several firings during his long career behind the microphone. But he was vilified and eventually fired after describing a women's college basketball team as “nappy-headed hos.”

Local Note:

Imus in the Morning had a long run on 1420 WBEC before Imus was fired for his comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team. The show returned to the radio station in March of 2008, where the syndicated program aired locally until Imus retired in 2018.