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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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)