Bob Grant ready for Morristown

I admit it … I always liked Bob Grant’s program, although I disagreed with him most of the time … And I’m old … I actually remember as a kid listening to him in the 1970s on WMCA, 570 on the AM dial. Why did I listen? Well, the show was entertaining, no question about it. And Grant was funny …

Fast forward to 2009 … Grant is scheduled to be the guest speaker at Monday’s Morristown Tea Party … You can expect Grant to rouse up the crowd … especially if he says what he wrote on his Web site, that being that Barack Obama will be the nation’s “last president.”

Huh? Yep, Grant thinks Obama is going to declare a state of emergency and abolish future elections.

As we said, the man is entertaining, even if there are times his head ain’t on straight.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

12 Responses to Bob Grant ready for Morristown

  1. Dan Grant says:

    Fred, First get his name right. It is Giganti and as a real Grant I object to this originator of hate radio faking it because he seems to feel he doesn’t have credibility or pride in his heritage. There is nothing entertaining about his racism even if he is 107 years old. His coming to the Green in Morristown reminds me that historically that was a place for hangings and we once had a Sheriff who had an executed man skinned and gave away little purses made from him as campaign material.

  2. jimmycat says:

    How can the racism spewed by Grant ever be anything but despicable?

  3. jimmycat says:

    Examples of Grant-Speak:
    His favorite word for African-Americans is “savages”: The U.S., he said (1/6/92), has “millions of sub-humanoids, savages, who really would feel more at home careening along the sands of the Kalahari or the dry deserts of eastern Kenya–people who, for whatever reason, have not become civilized.” He declared (10/15/93) that “if they didn’t observe Martin King Day, there would be trouble from the savages.”

    I’d not deny Bob Grant the right to speak, but please don’t consider it entertaining. And Fred, please don’t say we’re uptight about this. This is nothing to joke about. You above all should know that words matter!

  4. SolomonDrek says:

    Bob’s funny but his callers are even funnier. Even Bob would make fun of callers, including some from the outer fringes of rightwingdom, and ask if they were calling from one of the state psychiatric hospitals. Unlike almost every other knee-jerk rightwing talk show host Bob was not always on the conservative side. He supports gun control, abortion rights and even questioned traditional religious beliefs. Politically he’s probably closer to Rudy Giuliani than he is to Steve Lonegan.

    Bob has also endorsed and campaigned for Democrats. He campaigned for Mario Cuomo and Jim McGreevey when they began their political careers. In 1994 he endorsed Democrat Carl McCall for New York state controller over the Republican and ultra-conservative Herb London. The last time I heard him on the radio, about one year ago, he had some rather complimentary things to say about New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

    I enjoyed listening to Bob because, unlike the other frightwingers on hate radio, he never seemed to take himself very seriously and had a self-deprecating sense of humor. He also was not afraid to question his own beliefs. One time he questioned whether the US benefited from its relationship with Israel. For the next hour he was besieged by caller after caller from his New York jewish audience chastising him for even questioning America’s “special relationship” with Israel.

    Even Bob would admit he’s just an old curmudgeon.

  5. SolomonDrek says:

    As a follow-up to my previous post I checked out Bob’s website. As I said he’s not your knee-jerk frightwing hate radio host, and now he has a post on his site calling for an immediate withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, comparing it to Vietnam and criticizing Obama for making the same mistake Johnson made in 1964. Not exactly the stuff that neocon chickenhawks like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are made of.

    He also has on his website that he’ll be hosting a weekly radio show on WhAteBC beginning Sunday September 13 from noon to 2 PM.

    He may be speaking at tea parties this week, but sometime maybe he’ll be speaking at antiwar rallies.

  6. Joseph Mullin says:

    ” Bob tells it like it be “

  7. Bob Grant says:

    I have read the column and the subsequent reactions from some frustrated, envious readers. Let me correct the origianal “Grant”….the name is Gigante, not Giganti. I loved that name, but CBS had a policy back then about “Americanizing” names. How quant , huh? At any rate I enjoy the Record and look forward to Labor Day in Morristown!

  8. SolomonDrek says:

    That should be some tea party. I imagine they’ll also be serving kool-aid and close Greystone for the day so the inmates can attend. Who knows, maybe some prospective inmates will show up as well. They usually do at these events.

  9. Bob Costas says:

    Yes, all the tea party people are crazy to support free speech, personal responsibility, and limited gov’t. If gov’t is “The Answer” as our great leader tells us, then the USSR would still be around, Cuba and N. Korea would be a thriving economies, and eastern Europe would have stayed Communist. But Obama has socialist poilicies & an admitted Communit in the White House. And his Communist Czar became a Communist AFTER the Communists in USSR and China gave up on Communism. How bright can he be?? The geniuses in Trenton and Washington have run up TRILLIONS of dollars in debt. How will that be paid back? Of yes, the rich. You’ll justy lock them in the country and make them work and pay more, even though they already pay the vast percentage of taxes, ’cause freedom is really overrated. the gov’t knows much better what we need.

  10. hickory says:

    Bob,

    You’re feisty as ever. Welcome back to the fray. Now that you and your side are bringing up people’s past public commentary, your’s is on the table as well.

  11. RadioSurfer says:

    I’ve caught his show on and off over the years while commuting to Hoboken. While he was not as vitriolic as his counterparts, I have to quote Mitch Miller who once opined about Bob Dylan: “I will admit, I did not see the greatness…”

  12. Dan Grant says:

    I am happy to report that Bob Gigante couldn’t make it but I was there. ( I think I scared him off) The unfortunate part was that the failed sportscaster and perpetual idiot Marlsburg was there. If this as the silent majority then they were much better off being silent. Here is another Dylan line “Yes the People that you mention, I know them, they’re quite lame. I had to rearrange their faces and give them all another name.”

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