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 Posted:   Jan 2, 2014 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Radio talk show host Bob Grant has died at 84. While often identified as a conservative, I think he more properly would be described as a libertarian. Regardless, his show was immensely entertaining. Aside from Grant's acerbic personality, he had a regular cadre of callers - most notoriously "Frank from Queens" (THANK YOH!) and "Jimmy From Brooklyn" (who saw Communists behind every door and under every napkin). Unlike many of those who followed him, Grant was a true intellect with a degree in journalism. Grant was fearless in saying what was on his mind and it got him into trouble more than once. His show was syndicated for a while but he was a New Yorker through and through.

I remember when he guest-hosted for Limbaugh once. You could tell he was totally annoyed at the round-haircuts who were calling into the show. Very funny.

Some of Grant's more notable name-calling included 'Tawana Banana"; Mario "the Sfacim" Cuomo; and David Dinkins, the Attendant (he said his white suit reminded him of the men's room attendant at 21 Club).

Grant retired to much fanfare several years ago, spent a week sopping up tributes, and then came back a year later and basically petered out the rest of his career.

He was a true broadcasting enigma. And that slams the lid on things for today.

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2014 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Well, God bless him. One of the few radio personalities with some guts.

May flights of angels sing him to his rest.

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2014 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   BossaNova2JazzSingers   (Member)

Yes, being a die-hard New Yorker I enjoyed Bob's entertainment past decades. To me, Bob was the clean-up hitter for 770 WABC's great local hosts line-up overseen then by Program Director John Mainelli.

Remember the play of Rocky's Theme during commercial breaks? "Ok, Round 3 of The Bob Grant Show, let's be heard!"

Although at times a funny agitator as much, say, Morton Downey Jr. on TV (then) Bob backed-up his shtick with intellect. He was a fan of American and World History. When he had the facts on his side I applauded his being a straight shooter to the callers - despite his many critics.

And if anyone posts here denouncing him I wouldn't mind at all, as Bob knew that it didn't matter if listeners loved or hated him. He made his point of getting your attention, stating what's on his mind, then "What's on your mind?" - again, in an entertaining way.

The New York Radio Message Board currently has many deservedly tributes posted for Bob. I bookmarked that site and visit it often as much as this one due to my interest in WABC & WMCA Radio music airchecks from the 60's.

Thanks Ray for posting this thread.

And of course, Thanks Bob for the memories.

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2014 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Rush said a little farewell to him on his show today, too. I imagine Levin (as I recall a big Bob fan as well), will when he's back on January 6.

Another candle in the wind gone.

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2014 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Rush said a little farewell to him on his show today, too. I imagine Levin (as I recall a big Bob fan as well), will when he's back on January 6.

Another candle in the wind gone.


Bob Grant filled in for Mark Levin from time to time in recent years.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2014 - 4:03 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Fun guy, who was brave enough to tell it like it is.R.I.P BOB, may you be blessed by the times you were right and be strong and face the music the times you were wrong.

 
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