- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

BOSTON (AP) - Don Imus told listeners Tuesday that he assumes he’ll be fine in his battle with prostate cancer, because that’s what he always thinks.

The 68-year-old radio personality bantered with listeners at Boston radio station WTKK-FM during his live annual St. Patrick’s Day “Kiss Me, I’m Imus” show, the day after announcing he has cancer.

Imus said that when he was fired from a previous job, he assumed, “I’ll be fine,” and he was right. He’s taking the same attitude with the cancer. He also mixed in chat about politics, culture and current events in front of a live audience of about 950 people at the Wilbur Theatre.

He talked to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who was also treated for prostate cancer, about the economy and outrage over reports of huge bonuses for AIG executives.

Imus told Kerry that his cancer has so far been limited to the prostate and has not spread.

“You’re going to be all right, I’m convinced,” Kerry said.

Imus announced Monday that he has cancer on his morning show, which airs on ABC Radio Networks and cable’s RFD-TV.

Imus said he was surprised more than anything about the diagnosis, since he’s followed a healthy diet for the past decade. As he sipped green tea during Tuesday’s broadcast, Kerry told him to keep drinking it for the health benefits.

Imus has “enormous faith” in his doctors, he said, and joked there was no point in having cancer if he couldn’t gain something from it.

When fellow broadcaster Warner Wolf said everyone was pulling for him, Imus said, “I want some proof of that, like a gift or something.”

Bill Trail, a 62-year-old Boston sales manager who watched the live broadcast from the theater balcony, said his own prostate cancer gives him an understanding of what Imus is experiencing. Trail said he is undergoing radiation treatments for his cancer.

“It’s not a life-altering kind of thing as long as they do the right thing,” Trail said. “It’ll be an inconvenience to him but I don’t think it’ll interrupt his career at all _ or his lifestyle.”

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