Bob graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. His career
in radio began as a newsman at WBBM in Chicago, as a TV host at KNX in Los Angeles, and as sports director at KABC.
In 1964 he inherited the talk show of Joe Pine at KABC, and quickly built a following. Grant joined WABC Radio in 1984
where The Bob Grant Show consistently dominated the ratings in the highly competitive afternoon drive time slot.
Grant, who is considered the pioneer of the confrontational talk radio format, was known for a number of catchphrases such
as “Get off my phone!” and “Your influence counts…use it!” While Grant's political
philosophy generally skews to the right, he has held independent views as well, such as being pro-choice and anti-Flag
Desecration Amendment. In 1996 Grant was released from 77 WABC when he was fired for a remark about the April 3, 1996
airplane crash involving Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. In 2002, industry magazine TALKERS magazine ranked Grant as the
16th greatest radio talk show host of all time. He was honored by the National
Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts (NARTSH) in 1996 with The Freedom of Speech Award.
In 2007 Bob Grant was nominated for induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
One of the most memorable controversies surrounding Grant’s
career came in 2008 when Radio and Records revoked a Lifetime Achievement Award for "past comments that contradict
our values and the respect we have for all members of our community." The talk radio community rallied behind Grant,
with Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, Mark Levin and others coming to Grant’s defense. Levin fumed,
"I am disgusted with the mistreatment of Bob Grant. I am fed up with the censors, intimidators, and cowards in
this business." Grant later returned to the microphone
in the 8-10 pm time slot on 77 WABC in August of 2007, where he remained until November 2008. Now – due to popular
demand – Bob is back to talk the issues and take your calls on your New York Weekend. “I’m addicted”
to being on the radio, Grant says, “I admit
it”. Source: WABCRadio.com