December 21, 2020 1:28 pm at 1:28 pm #1930535
I grew up in the 80s and 90s when talk radio was one of main venues of exchange of ideas, the top rated show was Bob Grant, The day after the 1992 election after Bill Clinton who Bob Grant nicknamed Slick Willy won his listeners wanted to hear what Bob would say, his producer was a cantor at a conservative temple on the weekend and after the they played his theme song his producer chanted Kal Molay Rachamim, then Bob said that’s right people we can say kaddish on America because the USA as we know it is dead.December 21, 2020 4:21 pm at 4:21 pm #1930664bored guyParticipant
i remember bob he was just the funniest. do you remember those shows?December 21, 2020 5:39 pm at 5:39 pm #1930698hershhParticipant
He had a nice message for Mario .December 21, 2020 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm #1930731hujuParticipant
Bob Grant was entertaining most of the time. I did not agree with most of his political views.
I stopped listening when he referred to Mayor David Dinkins as “the washroom attendant.” Would you listen if he called Senator Joseph Lieberman “the moneychanger”?December 21, 2020 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm #1930756
” i gotta get outa here” ha, ha ,hahaha oh my…..” [ bob grant]December 21, 2020 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm #1930737
Get off my phone, you spotchime!December 21, 2020 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm #1930755
” you fake fony fraud, get off my phone” [bob grant]December 21, 2020 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm #1930763
“the world is sick and getting sicker”December 22, 2020 9:52 am at 9:52 am #1930813
@huju, he called David Dinkins the Men’s room attendant because he saw a picture of him wearing a tux and he looked like a men’s room attendant, and btw he was right, Dinkins was in over his head and never was man enough to admit why he let the Crown Heights riot run for 3 days.
He had a lot of names for politicians
the scvfachim up in Albany
Flim Flam Florio
Evita Peron in her present reincarnation = Hillary Clinton
Just about all the nicknames he used were will deservedDecember 22, 2020 9:54 am at 9:54 am #1930873
Dinkins was a washroom attendant before he got his affirmative action promotions.
Straight ahead… Let’s be heard. Before another politician folds like a cheap camera. Don’t forget, your influence counts, use it!
Mario azende me tuzeprovenos sfachim. Now we have Andrew Figlio di Sfachim.December 22, 2020 9:56 am at 9:56 am #1930842GoldilocksParticipant
Huju: If Senator Lieberman had, in fact, been a moneychanger at one point in his career, I would have no problem with that.December 22, 2020 9:56 am at 9:56 am #1930857CTLAWYERParticipant
Bob Grant…who called for forced sterilization of welfare moms. How many Frum families receiving public assistance would this have affected if it became law? Don’t worry, Grant meant the Blacks, not those wearing Black Hats
Sounds like Hitler to me
He was a racist, homophobe, self hating Italian who wouldn’t even use his real name, Gigante. This midget was no Giant,December 22, 2020 11:06 am at 11:06 am #1930896
@CTLawyer, he was very proud of his Italian heritage he just DISPISED certain Italians who were jerks like Cuomo and Florio.
As to his stage name just about all the people in show biz used stage names, Sholmo Karkovsky was Steven Hill, Benjamin Kubelsky was Jack Benny, Allen Koiengsburg is Wood Allen, Lawrence Harvey Zeiger is Larry King, does that make them self hating Jews because they use a stage name? No [ with possible exception of Woody Allen].December 22, 2020 1:13 pm at 1:13 pm #1930959
CS: You mean Flim Flam Florio.December 22, 2020 2:36 pm at 2:36 pm #1930969CTLAWYERParticipant
Gigante didn’t just use Bob Grant as a stage name, he used it in his aborted run for Mayor of NYC.
The others you cited were all just in Show Biz…..December 22, 2020 3:26 pm at 3:26 pm #1930974
@CTLawyer, He never ran, it was all show biz stick like Howard Stern running for GovernorDecember 23, 2020 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm #1931405ParticipantParticipant
sounds good …. only radio comedy I’ve heard is savage.December 24, 2020 9:14 am at 9:14 am #1931353
Written by Ray Rossi:
There are going to be many platitudes over the next few days or so dedicated to someone who should definitely be known as the “father of modern talk radio.”
Bob Grant – who, after a lengthy illness, passed away New Year’s Eve at the age of 84.
Born Robert Gigante, Bob came up in a radio era where it wasn’t acceptable to be thought of as ethnic.
But that never stopped him from showing his ethnic roots. Or, for that matter, being able to appreciate the ethnic roots of others.
Bob could hold court in his favorite eatery, the Reo Diner in Woodbridge, conversing in Greek to the owners, just as much as he was able to appreciate a good many foreign expressions he’d hear in daily conversation on his radio show.
I worked with Bob when I was still “Bobby Valentine” at WPLJ; and when my tenure there ended, was able to scoot across the hall to WABC where I was able to do some tech work for both Bob and Rush.
Bob’s show was especially adventurous. Rather than have his producers screen out calls thought to be cranks, he seemed to relish them. It gave him an opportunity to use some of that dry wit and bile (“get off my phone, you fake, you phony, you fraud”) of which he was so well known.
And if there was one thing in particular that was his stock in trade, it was tweaking politicians. Some of his favorite targets were Jim Florio (“film flam Florio”), Bill Clinton (“slick Willie”); and former NYC Mayor David Dinkins (“the men’s room attendant”).
But the best of all was his ribbing of Mario Cuomo.
Bob would sing a song in the Neapolitan dialect of Italian to the former Governor that went something like this: “Mario asentta mme. Tu sei propio nu’ sfaccime!” (trans: Mario, listen to me, you’re a real ‘sfaccime!’)
Fact is, despite his grasp of the dialect, he never knew what “sfaccime” meant.
And one day, some of the Governor’s people who heard his remarks called the station to say how impolite his using the phrase was.
So he asks me what it means, and I tell him, “Bob, my grandmother always called my father that, but anytime I tried to ask her what it meant, she’d always tell me “mala parola!” (trans: It’s a bad word!)
But, just to satisfy him, I called my uncle back in Brooklyn to find out. I get my uncle on the phone and ask him, “”O’zi (“uncle” in Neapolitan), I’m with Bob Grant.”
He then says, “who, the guy who changed his name?” I replied, “yeah…he wants to know what ‘sfaccime’ means.
“No Ray, quell’ e’ mala parola!” (trans: That’s a bad word!).
“But O’zi”, I insist, he’s calling Mario Cuomo a ‘sfaccime’.
To which my uncle says, “e giust’….essi e’ propio ‘sfaccime’.” (trans: He’s right….he IS a sfaccime!)
“So then,” I ask again, “what does it mean?”
Upon which, in very graphic terms he describes the words meaning, which I come to understand as “scum”.
I relayed the message to Bob, who at that point decided “no harm, no foul” – and the expression lived on in Bob Grant lore.
It was always funny that by the end of his show he’d express feigned disgust and exclaim to then program director John Mainelli, “hey Mainelli, I gotta get outta here!”
Which unfortunately came one day in 1996 for having made comments about then Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. I was there when his firing was announced and could honestly say there wasn’t a dry eye in the studio.
Sharp witted, never politically correct, extremely well-read, some might go so far as to say racist, but never predictable – that’s the Bob Grant (Gigante) I’ll always rememberDecember 24, 2020 7:16 pm at 7:16 pm #1931784
President Trump and Bob Grant were made from the same caliber.December 30, 2020 3:02 pm at 3:02 pm #1933609
After seeing this:
I am remind of three expression Bob use to use:
Its sick out there and getting sicker
The inmates took over the Asylum
We are slipping and sliding towards third worldism
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