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Review of "Imus, Mike and the Mad Dog, & Doris From Rego Park"
on January 14, 2014
I remember some one once calling me a "media freak" because I follow everything that's happening in the movies, tv and radio. Well, to me radio may be the most important because I spend a great amount of time paying attention to that genre. As a youngster, I was able to name every radio program on the AM dial that was on the air every morning from 6:00 to 10:00 and to this day I can discuss many television programs because I have always read TV Guide cover to cover, as for movies, I never leave the theatre until I read all the credits. With that as my background I was the reader of "Imus, Mike and the Mad Dog, & Doris From Rego Park." Most of the book was quite special to me, as someone who can earnestly listeni to WWHN's country music format for years before it morphed into WFAN. (I even recall listening when rock station WMGM became WWHN) I must admit I enjoyed this book a great deal. Imus is everything author Tim Sullivan says about him, a true radio icon in every sense of the word. As for Mike and the Mad Dog, they were thoroughly entertaining in their heyday with those clashing personalities. In addition to this, as one who over the years listened to WFAN for great lengths of time, I became quite interested in not only the hosts, but the update announcers, and the callers, the most interesting of all, of course, was "Doris From Rego Park." Even though as a listener of WFAN, I am quite familiar with how personalities such as Joe Benigno, Evan Roberts, and Steve Sommers got their starts, it was great to read about it again. For me the only part of the book I found lacking was my desire to learn more of the juicer potential material such as the Imus and Howard Stern relationship, Imus' hatred of Soupy Sales, Stern's departure from the station, more about "Eli From Westchester's" racism, "Mike and the Mad Dog's" feuds, etc. Sullivan even should have devoted an entire chapter on the Sid Rosenberg vs Bernard McGurk boxing match and how badly Rosenberg was beaten up. To sum up, "Imus, Mike and the Mad Dog, & Doris From Rego Park" is well worth reading, especially for fans of the station and it would have received that fifth star if it didn't leave me yearning for more. It was even a mystery that not a word was said about Erica Hershkowitz. In summary, this book is well worth reading!