Skip to comments.Bob Grant dead at age 84
Posted on 01/02/2014 11:05:27 AM PST by Olog-hai
The legendary and controversial Bob Grant has died.
Grant spent the majority of his radio career talking in New York City. Grant moved to New York in 1970 to host a talk show on WMCA-AM, where he spent seven years steadily building his audience.
Leaving WMCA in 1977, Grant worked his first stint at WOR, and later moved to WWDB in Philadelphia before returning to New York as the cornerstone of WABCs new talk format in 1984. He remained at WABC until his much-publicized firing in 1996. Ten days later, Bob Grant was hired by WOR.
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INCREDIBLY influential, talented man. RIP!
The MSM employees, et al. blamed the emerging modern conservative movement for a "climate of hate" that led Oswald to assassinate JFK.
Joe Pyne was among the first victims of that nonsense that liberals do so well. It's what the left is trying to do to conservative talk show hosts still.
Grant took Pyne's place.
Pyne was very popular though I never knew his syndicated show while I lived in Cincinnati. I did like his short-lived TV show a couple of years after he was forced off radio. They will never admit it by Levin and Savage both copy Pyne IMO.
“Get off my phone, you fake, phoney, fraud!”
“Mario azende me! Tuzeprovenos sfachim! And he is.”
“Your influence counts. Eeeeuse it.”
“Get off my PHONE, and stay off!!!” Love you, Bob Grant. RIP. Bob
Sad news. I LMAO at “GET OFF MY RADIO YOU .....” He was fired a couple of times for comments. Once was when he explained how a Black woman got a publicity job when he had her on the line. He was right. He was absolutely fearless.
“”A caller phoned in to the show saying he was upset with a woman who was blaming the police for what happened to her sons. [This woman] was the public relations director or community relations director of WCBS newsradio,” he said.
“I stupidly asked the caller if he knew how she got that job. The caller said he didnt know and I promptly and arrogantly said, I will tell you how. She passed the gynecological and pigmentation test thats how! WOR was forced to fire me even though I had given the radio giant the biggest overnight ratings they ever had.””
What great memories I have of listening to him!
Enjoyed his show. Will miss him. RIP.
Mark Levin’s facebook post today:
Mark Levin wishes Bob Grant a Happy Birthday 3.14.2013
Wow, caught me completely off guard. My brother, Jimmy from Brooklyn, was a longtime caller to his show.
Rush starts on WOR today if I am not mistaken and WOR was one of the stations that had to drop Joe Pyne due to that nonsense that liberals do so well; Grant accepted the offer to replace Pyne on WOR and other stations across the Country. The liberals have been trying for decades to force Rush off the air.
Sad. Ironically Rush is on WOR today for the first time.
What sad news..he was one of my hero’s.....”Why don’t you come on down to the studio so I can punch your dumb nose down your stupid throat”
Did he know Frank from Queens and John from Staten Island?
Oh wow I remember your brothers calls....Bob would introduce him by saying..”Here comes Jimmy from Brooklyn wih a hammer in one hand and a sickle in the other”
Grant was one of those who leave an empty space when they go, a space that can never really be filled.
New York radio was a unique and wonderful place back then, but is no longer.
I hope Long John and Shep are waiting to greet you.
Rest in peace.
The GREAT Bob Grant!I had feared that he had taken ill when he(inexplicably)disappeared from his 1:00pm-2:00pm Sunday show on WABC.I was a “FAN” for more than 20-years.I NEVER missed him and was listening when he predicted that the sole survivor of Ron Brown’s plane crash was Ron Brown.He was”The KING of Talk Radio”!!!!!”It’s Sick Out There And It’s Getting Sicker”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A giant of talk radio is no more. :(
Think how many watts he’ll be authorized to talk from in heaven ?!
RIP, you ol’, ground-breaking curmudgeon.
Clearly, an end of an era.
A huge loss. RIP Bob Grant; I’ll never forget him.
Wow, your brother is Jimmy from Brooklyn?? That’s cool.
“It’s sick out there and getting sicker”- Bob Grant
RIP Bob. You were the best.
>> My brother, Jimmy from Brooklyn, was a longtime caller to his show.
Do you recall John from Staten Island?
Nobody, and I mean nobody could pronounce the word “Nicaraugua” like Frank from Queens. Always ended with the signature “Thank you” and hang up.
“Sick out there, and getting sicker...”
RIP Bob Grant; you were one-of-a-kind!
Do you recall John from Staten Island?
Or, Frank from Queens, aka Vintage Frank.
I liked him.
You tell your brother that the listeners of Bob Grant, Levin, Rush, etc. consider Jimmy from Brooklyn an American hero, a man of relentless courage. Jimmy ALWAYS knows of what he speaks. God bless him, and you too, Sir. Bob
John’s heart was in the right place, but sometimes he was just too angry, and painted with too broad a brush. THe guy was a joy to listen to, however. I hope he is doing well. Does anyone know? Bob in Scranton
John and Frank had their own radio show on short wave. That was a few years ago. They might still be there. Try to goggle it.
When I lived in New Jersey, I used to listen to him on a reguar basis, first on WABC, then on WOR out of New York City. I don’t know if his program was ever carried in other parts of the country. If not, and you did not have the opportunity to hear his program, you missed out on one of the true greats in talk radio. Rest in peace, Mr. Grant.
RIP, Bob Grant. I guess that the idea of DeBlasio being NYC’s mayor was just too much for him.
He was indispensible in keeping Cuomo, Dinkins and Florio in check, and helped a lot in getting rid of the latter from my state - for which millions of people should be eternally grateful.
Though I moved from NJ to TX about 13 years ago, I can honestly say that I enjoyed listening to no one more than Bob Grant. I admired his courage for speaking his mind, even if sometimes he got too angry. That was just part of him, a human being like all the rest of us.
I will miss Bob. Thanks for the memories and for the example.
May the flag in front of the "World Famous" Rio Diner in Woodbridge, NJ be lowered at half mast in honor of Bob Grant!
Please give Jimmy my regards from us here. One of, if not. the best caller to talk radio in the best market of all time (NY 80s-2003) I wish he’d call more shows. The problem is, WHOSE show? Talk radio has changed a lot over these last three decades...
Bob Grant was one of the voices in the wilderness when I was a child like Barry Farber and other radio talk show hosts.
There were conservative TV hosts in Southern California who followed in Joe Pyne’s footsteps.
I searched media for conservative voices wherever I could find them. Back then beltway conservatives like M. Stanton Evans and James J. Kilpatrick were given airtime for commentaries by CBS Radio. Phyllis Schlafly was there, too.
I also heard a lot of radio preachers and commentators back then with a more populist message that worked well in rural areas.
Bob Grant was amazing. He will be truly missed and I am sad he passed when O was in office. Truly the best. RIP.
My dad, a registered Democrat loved Bob Grant. When ever I stopped in to see him, if it was Grants time on the radio, it was on when I walked in the door. He registered as a Democrat, but was a Conservative at heart. He admired and voted for AuH2O. (I remembered his bumper sticker)
Bob was the one who made me see the light.
I remember he had come back to New York during the Bernard Getz case. I fell in love with him. He made me laugh, he made me cry. And who can forget “Vintage” Frank?
Soon to be Radio Hall-of-Famer.
My best episode was of a man who called in to thank Bob for his mom who had just died. The man was in tears. The man’s mother in her deathbed had asked her son to tune in to the Bob Grant show.
Thank you Bob and rest in peace my friend.
BoB would often say to some nasty callers:
“How would you like me to come over and punch your dummy nose down your dummy throat, ah? You’re a fake, a fraud and a phony.”
“I gotta get out of here! I gotta get out of here!”
“Because as an Anerican citizen you have a right to hear and to be heard.”
So sorry to hear. My favorite line of his has been my tagline for awhile. He was so right. RIP Bob.
Thank you to everyone who had nice things to say about my brother (Jimmy from Brooklyn), or who just knew of him from the Grant and other shows. I’ll pass it along to him next time I see him. He’ll be appreciative and flattered I’m sure. He, like I, sometimes feel like we’re talking to the wind. Lol. He was at it long before I, back in the day when nearly everyone who made such ‘claims’ was considered by many, if not most, a “commies under the bed” conspiracy theory nut. Amazing, though, isn’t it, how damn near all of it turned out to be true. And how now even the most prominent of talk show hosts regularly uses the once dreaded “C” word to describe what’s going on in the democrat party. Lol.
And for those who asked, I doubt if he knows any of the other callers to the show personally.
Thanks again, and have a great 2014!
- Sharpy Sharpton and Baby-Daddy Jackson can not rest
Bob Grant inspired El Rushbo and millions of Conservatives
Bob was always easy to talk to and he knew how to let a caller develop a point or issue on WOR or on WABC- something many talk show hosts cannot do ..
Howya doin’ at that big DINER in the sky Bob? I’ll see you after a while -
John and Frank still have a website up for their podcast show (Fridays at 10).
Not sure if they still broadcast, though. I’ve had this link on my favorites for years:
Larry Lujack also passed at 73. Chicago 890AM original “shock”-jock.