Robert ‘Bob’ C. Grant
March 14, 1929 – December 31, 2013
Resided in Toms River, NJ
Bob Grant, legendary conservative talk radio host who entertained and informed legions of fans during an on-air career that spanned more than 50 years, died peacefully, in Hillsborough, NJ, on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 after a short illness; he was 84 years old. Born Robert Ciro Gigante in Chicago in 1929, he was a 1946 graduate of Steinmetz High School, and following that, the University of Illinois. He served in the Illinois Army National Guard in 1948-49 as part of the 132nd Infantry Regiment in Chicago and in the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1950-58 attached to the Naval Air Station at Glenview, IL
His broadcasting career began in the late 1940’s at WBBM in Chicago. He moved to Los Angeles where he hosted radio and television talk shows on KNX. In the mid 1960s he first developed his confrontational talk radio style at KABC with a focus on politics and conservative issues. He relocated to New York City in 1970 and joined the talk radio team at WMCA. From there, his career took off, and included successful stops at WOR and WWDB in Philadelphia. In 1984 he was selected to anchor WABC radios new all talk format as its afternoon drive show host.
Bob’s radio shows were always entertaining and passionate. Along the way he interviewed countless political leaders and celebrities and inspired a generation of political talk radio hosts now working around the country. Bob lived his life in accordance with one of his radio mantras: “Straight ahead!” He was an unapologetic and fierce supporter of conservative values, the U.S. military, law enforcement, and the nation of Israel. He loved his country, his family, and his Italian heritage, and often spoke on the radio about the many contributions made by Italian-Americans to the United States. He published his memoirs “Let’s be Heard” in 1996. That same year he was the recipient of the “Freedom of Speech Award” of the National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts.
In addition to living for many years in Los Angeles and New York City, Mr. Grant also resided in Woodbridge, NJ, Manalapan, NJ, and most recently, Toms River, NJ.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Pasquale and Mary Gigante; his sister, Gloria Weidling; and his longtime friend and companion, Patricia Carmichael, who died in 2008.
Surviving are his sons, Jeff Grant and wife, Eileen of Sun City, AZ and Chris Grant and wife, Deanna of Fallbrook, CA; his daughters, Alisa Mingus of Kalamazoo, MI and Cynthia Gaydosh and husband, Robert of Bridgewater, NJ; eight grandchildren, Myles, Kacie, Nathyn, Andrew, Renee, Lauren, Adam, and Lindsay; two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Ashlyn; his sister, Ann Ryan of Chicago, IL; and his companion, Josephine Saracco of Toms River. Bob was a proud friend of Bill W. for 44 years.
A Prayer Service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Branchburg Funeral Home, 910 US Highway 202 South, Branchburg, NJ 08876 (908) 526-7638. Viewing hours are Friday, January 10, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM and Saturday morning from 9 to 10 AM at the funeral home. Committal will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to the Young America’s Foundation, 110 Elden Street, Herndon, VA 20170 or the New York Police and Fire Widows’ & Childrens’ Benefit Fund, Inc., 767 Fifth Ave., 2614C, New York, NY 10153
Via – Branchburg Funeral Home
Bob Grant Biography
The Inventor of Controversial Talk Radio
Probably no one in the history of New York talk radio is more associated with controversy than Bob Grant.
No station is more associated with a wide variety of opinions than WABC. It’s a perfect match.
Bob Grant brings a history of more than 25 years of exciting talk to WABC. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! Life’s more interesting that way!
Controversial, opinionated and wildly popular, Bob Grant continues his long run as the “King of Talk Radio” in New York on WABC Radio. Bob has been in the radio business for more than 50 years, and has ruled the airwaves in New York for several decades.
Bob graduated from the University of Illinois and landed his first radio job at WAOK in Oak Park, Illinois. He Moved on to WBBM in 1949 in Chicago as a newsman, and as an actor in the early days of television. Ten years later Bob moved to Los Angeles to work at KNX as a radio personality and television talk show host. In 1962 Bob was hired by KABC as Sports Director where he met the legendary Joe Pine, who pioneered controversial talk on radio. After substituting for Pine on several occasions, Grant was chosen to take over The Joe Pine Show at KABC in 1964. For Bob Grant and his loyal listeners, the rest would be history.
Bob 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 WABC‘s 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.
But he’s back at powerhouse WABC airing each night from 8 to 10 PM.
Bob Grant is the author of the best-selling book, “Lets Be Heard”. He was honored by the National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts (NARTSH) in 1996 with The Freedom of Speech Award.
Let your voice be heard!
Via – Bob Grant Online