Bob Grant, father of conservative talk radio, dead at 84

Posted by on Jan 02, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Bob Grant — the veteran radio host who is considered a pioneer of conservative radio-talk format — has died. He was 84.

A Toms River resident, Grant, born Robert Ciro Gigante, passed away Tuesday, according to various media reports.

He began his career in 1970 as a host on WMCA in New York. He was known for his in-your-face approach and for telling off callers. He moved to WWDB in Philadelphia before returning to New York at WABC in 1984.

At the time, Grant opened his shows with: “Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen, and welcome to another hour of the free and open exchange of ideas and opinions in the belief that as American citizens you have the right to hear, and to be heard.”

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