Johnny Carson had Ed McMahon, Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen, and for the better part of the last 40 years Don Imus has had Charles McCord.
The veteran newsman/sidekick for the Imus in the Morning show officially announced his retirement, effective May 6. It was first reported by the Daily News this morning.
By the time the story hit newsstands, Imus was already discussing his longtime collaborator’s future. He said that McCord was looking forward to spending more time with his family. Imus added that the first order of business for McCord is to go fishing in Arkansas—alone. Imus told his 77 WABC listeners (and nationwide radio and TV audience) that Connell McShane of Fox Business Network (which simulcasts daily) will take over the news updates beginning Monday, May 9.
McCord had stops in Dallas and D.C before landing the job of a lifetime. He joined WNBC in the early 1970s where, along with his Imus duties, he was a news anchor for the weekend NBC Radio program Monitor.
Over the years with Imus, McCord could be counted on as the “Voice of Reason” or playing “Devil’s Advocate” to his boss. Additionally, McCord has had an active role in writing comedy bits for celebrity impersonators for Larry Kenney and Rob Bartlett.
“Charles is an outstanding broadcaster, a class act, and a friend,” WABC program director Laurie Cantillo tells FishbowlNY. “He certainly deserves his retirement, but he’ll be missed.”