The Hollywood Reporter‘s Paul Bond is reporting that Bob Grant has died at the age of 84. Grant was a long time radio personality who Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have both credited with paving the way for conservative talk radio. He died in his home in Toms River, NJ on New Year’s Eve. From Bond’s article.
Grant began in radio in the 1940s at WMMB-AM in Chicago and made his way to Los Angeles where he hosted shows on KNX-AM and KABC-AM, delivering sports, news and opinion. He hit it big, though, when he moved to New York in 1970 and hosted a political talk show on WMCA, where his sign-off became “Get Gaddafi,” a reference to Muammar al-Gaddafi, the former Libyan dictator who Grant despised for his anti-Israel policies.
Grant would often begin his show by welcoming his audience to “another hour of the free and open exchange of ideas and opinions,” then he’d take calls from listeners from all corners of the political spectrum. When he disagreed with them, he could be extremely combative, which made for entertaining talk radio and high ratings. When Grant called a New York congressman a “coward,” the representative filed a complaint with the FCC and the matter made its way to the U.S. Court of Appeals, where a judge sided with Grant.
You can read Bob Grant’s obituary published by Branchburg Funeral Home in New Jersey here.