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Bob Grant to Return to Airwaves

Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 03:18 PM

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Legendary radio host Bob Grant is returning to the airwaves on WABC in New York, he announced on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Wednesday afternoon.

“The Bob Grant Show” will air weeknights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the 50,000-watt flagship station beginning on Thursday, Aug. 23.

Grant, 78, was fired by WABC in 1996 and was replaced by Hannity. Grant moved to WOR, where his show aired until January 2006. He continued to do brief commentaries on WOR until September 2006.

He told Hannity he found it hard dealing with being off the air after “the novelty wore off,” and he “felt an emptiness” that eventually drove him to seek a return to the radio.

He also said liberals “hate” and “fear” right-leaning talk show hosts, and that talk radio is the “only outlet that has leveled the [political] playing field.”

As for his firing by WABC in 1996, he denied that he was canned for the stated reason: A comment he made about an airplane crash involving Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. Grant said his hunch was that Brown is the one survivor “because at heart I’m a pessimist.” Rather, he said he was fired because there were “forces arrayed out there” who were “gunning for” him.

Grant began working in radio in the 1940s. His WABC show premiered in 1984 and consistently dominated the ratings in the highly competitive afternoon drive time slot in New York.

In 2002, industry magazine Talkers ranked Grant as the 16th greatest radio talk show host of all time. This year, he was nominated for induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame.

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