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Robert 'Bob' C. Grant
Robert 'Bob' C. Grant

March 14, 1929 - December 31, 2013
Resided in Toms River, NJ
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Bob Grant, legendary conservative talk radio host who entertained and informed legions of fans during an on-air career that spanned more than 50 years, died peacefully, in Hillsborough, NJ, on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 after a short illness; he was 84 years old. Born Robert Ciro Gigante in Chicago in 1929, he was a 1946 graduate of Steinmetz High School, and following that, the University of Illinois. He served in the Illinois Army National Guard in 1948-49 as part of the 132nd Infantry Regiment in Chicago and in the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1950-58 attached to the Naval Air Station at Glenview, IL

His broadcasting career began in the late 1940's at WBBM in Chicago. He moved to Los Angeles where he hosted radio and television talk shows on KNX. In the mid 1960s he first developed his confrontational talk radio style at KABC with a focus on politics and conservative issues. He relocated to New York City in 1970 and joined the talk radio team at WMCA. From there, his career took off, and included successful stops at WOR and WWDB in Philadelphia. In 1984 he was selected to anchor WABC radios new all talk format as its afternoon drive show host.

Bob's radio shows were always entertaining and passionate. Along the way he interviewed countless political leaders and celebrities and inspired a generation of political talk radio hosts now working around the country. Bob lived his life in accordance with one of his radio mantras: "Straight ahead!" He was an unapologetic and fierce supporter of conservative values, the U.S. military, law enforcement, and the nation of Israel. He loved his country, his family, and his Italian heritage, and often spoke on the radio about the many contributions made by Italian-Americans to the United States. He published his memoirs "Let's be Heard" in 1996. That same year he was the recipient of the "Freedom of Speech Award" of the National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts.

In addition to living for many years in Los Angeles and New York City, Mr. Grant also resided in Woodbridge, NJ, Manalapan, NJ, and most recently, Toms River, NJ.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Pasquale and Mary Gigante; his sister, Gloria Weidling; and his longtime friend and companion, Patricia Carmichael, who died in 2008.

Surviving are his sons, Jeff Grant and wife, Eileen of Sun City, AZ and Chris Grant and wife, Deanna of Fallbrook, CA; his daughters, Alisa Mingus of Kalamazoo, MI and Cynthia Gaydosh and husband, Robert of Bridgewater, NJ; eight grandchildren, Myles, Kacie, Nathyn, Andrew, Renee, Lauren, Adam, and Lindsay; two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Ashlyn; his sister, Ann Ryan of Chicago, IL; and his companion, Josephine Saracco of Toms River. Bob was a proud friend of Bill W. for 44 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Branchburg Funeral Home, 910 US Highway 202 South, Branchburg, NJ 08876 (908) 526-7638. Viewing hours are Friday, January 10, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM and Saturday morning from 9 to 10 AM at the funeral home. Committal will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bob's memory to the Young America's Foundation, 110 Elden Street, Herndon, VA 20170 or the New York Police and Fire Widows' & Childrens' Benefit Fund, Inc., 767 Fifth Ave., 2614C, New York, NY 10153

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Visitation
Branchburg Funeral Home
910 U.S.Highway 202 South
Branchburg, NJ US 08876
Friday, January 10, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday, January 10, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Visitation
Branchburg Funeral Home
910 U.S.Highway 202 South
Branchburg, NJ US 08876
Saturday, January 11, 2014
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Service
Branchburg Funeral Home
910 U.S.Highway 202 South
Branchburg, NJ US 08876
Saturday, January 11, 2014
10:00 AM

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Young America's Foundation
110 Elden Street
Herndon, VA USA 20170
New York Police and Fire Widows' and Childrens' Benefit Fund, Inc.
767 Fifth Ave., 2614C
New York, NY USA 10153

910 Route 202 South

Branchburg, New Jersey 08876

Ph.908-526-7638

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