Bob Grant dead at 84

Michael Savage mentioned the recent news that Bob Grant has died – he actually died New Year’s Eve. Bob’s weekend show quietly ended last summer and he has been in declining health.

Bob is now eating at the banquet table being filled by Michael Savage’s mom.

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23 Responses to Bob Grant dead at 84

  1. Art Stone says:

    WABC-AM is planning a tribute to Bob Grant this weekend

  2. Art Stone says:

    Bob Grant video online

    If you remember Bob or just slightly curious, it’s a very interesting video.

    An industry trade publication had decided to give Bob a lifetime achievement award (get off the stage!) then rescinded it before it was handed out. The video is of WABC handing Bob a radio station achievement award instead.

    Context to follow the video
    – Michael Harrison publishes Talkers magazine, a more narrowly focused trade magazine for talk radio
    – Phil Boyce was the program director of WABC. This video was after Citadel had acquired ABC radio but before Citadel went bankrupt. Phil would shortly leave ABC to go work for Roy Masters at Talk Radio Network and now works for Salem.
    – Mr Suleman (out in the audience) had been a bean counter at Cap Cities before it took over ABC. When Forstmann Little took over Citadel, he was put in charge of Citadel. After Citadel zipped through bankruptcy, he thought he was going to keep running the company and gave himself a huge bonus for screwing over the bondholders. That is what motivated the owners of post bankruptcy Citadel to sell the company to Cumulus
    – Disney is very risk averse and led the parade on the social acceptance of homosexual activities – they cleaned house after they took over Cap Cities. Bob was fired and went to work at WOR from 1996-2006

    • Art Stone says:

      I don’t know what Glenn Beck said and to whom, but it’s clear to me that Disney black balled Beck permanently. That persists through Disney’s partial ownership of Cumulus

  3. polokfla says:

    “Mr. Grant, long a dominant voice on the airwaves, took advantage of the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine and thrived on the radio despite racist remarks.” NY Times today.
    As usual, the Times shows impartiality towards people they disagree with. NOT
    The man has just passed away, for God’s sake show some class.

    • Art Stone says:

      Did we ever find out why Ron Brown was on that plane?

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      I agree with your comment, polokfla and had listened to Bob Grant as early as the mid 1970s. Truth be told, Mr Grant did should and insult many people, including his listeners and callers. I for one am far from perfect, but understand why may people did not care for Mr Grant.

      • Art Stone says:

        Get off my blog!

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          “Hey! You! Get offa my blog!” Wasn’t that a Mick Jagger song?

        • Art Stone says:

          For those not familiar with Bob Grant, one of his signature techniques was to yell at callers to “Get off my line!”

          Of course, the purpose was to motivate those people to try even harder to get on the air in the future.

          Unfortunately, the “suits” at ABC installed a caller tracking system – when you dial a toll free number, the station gets your phone number even if you block caller ID since they are paying for the call. Now if you try to call, the producer sees every time you called in the past and how the call went. A bad call is frequently entertaining, a point lost on the anal retentive suits.

  4. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    If, instead if selling them on eBay for cash, the man had exchanged them for manure, how could one characterize that hypothetical transaction?

    … not sure why this made me think of bob grant 😉

  5. Landmark95 says:

    I was listening to Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio the other day, when I heard her say (as she was going into a commercial), “Straight Ahead”. Hannity has used this to death when going to a break, but I believe he got it from Bob Grant, and that it was Grant who coined the phrase “Straight Ahead!” to transition into a commercial break (please correct me if I’m wrong).

    I’ll bet any on-air personality who realized who coined the phrase “Straight Ahead!”, may be tempted not to say it – once they learn about the controversial figure who may have originated it. It does sound like the perfect thing to say going into a break, though…

    Once Amy Lawrence catches on to it, who knows who else is saying it now?

    • Art Stone says:

      Hannity’s “”we’re back!” annoys me. He tries to hit it exactly on the network rejoin. I’m guessing he does it to alert anyone in the studio that the microphone is hot. His show has the highest non-programming load (commercial and news breaks) of any show (around 26 minutes per hour) so he doesn’t want to waste time.

      • Nidster says:

        Knowing when the commercial breaks hit allows me to do something else, you know, paint the house, change the oil in my car, write an essay, make some spoon bread.

        • Art Stone says:

          I know most of this by heart to maximize my testing
          – sports stations don’t have top of the hour news
          – Salem uses hard breaks at exact times (which may be part of why they fail at syndication)
          – Neal Boortz – now Herman Cain – comes back extremely late from the bottom of the hour break
          – Hannity breaks around :22 – he comes back for maybe 15 seconds to intro what he will talk about after the next 5 minutes of commercials

  6. Linda S. says:

    Be sure and listen to Sean’s show tomorrow. Buck Sexton is guest hosting. Buck is very smart and has been a fantastic radio host for the past year on Saturday mornings on The Blaze Radio Network. He has filled in for Glenn Beck. I think he could become a superstar and may very well be the next Rush Limbaugh.

  7. Too bad Hannity wasn’t live today. I’m sure he would have had some good things to say about Bob.

    • Nidster says:

      Rep. Louie Gohmert did a good job filling in for Hannity today, but as a radio talk show host he couldn’t make a career of it. Anyways, he talked about things Hannity doesn’t have information on, primarily because Louie is privy to some background information that almost never makes it into the light of day. I thought his last guest, an Egyptian official, was especially interesting. He conveyed some important information that will never be covered in the Established Media and probably would go right over the head of most ‘conservative’ talk show hosts.

  8. Nidster says:

    Rush spoke in the last segment of his show today about how Bob helped him once he moved his show to NY City and took the show national.

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