LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Gov. Mike Huckabee says he plans to continue appearing on Don Imus' radio show even though the program is no longer broadcast in the state capital.

Imus' show is known for the occasional embarrassing comments he elicits from guests, as well as his own raunchy language. The show had been broadcast in Little Rock on KABZ-FM, but was replaced last week with a locally produced show.

The radio host is a top-notch interviewer, the Arkansas governor said in an interview Friday with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He also insists Imus is very spiritual.

``I can honestly deal far more effectively with people who are crude and raw but yet who would build a ranch for dying children out of a deep love for them,'' said Huckabee, who has appeared on the show five times.