R&R Withdraws Award To Bob Grant
January 16, 2008 at 2:43 PM (PT)
RADIO AND RECORDS has abruptly withdrawn the Lifetime Achievement Award it had previously announced would be awarded to BOB GRANT at its R&R TALK RADIO SEMINAR in MARCH.
In a statement posted at its website, the magazine said, "Upon further review and consideration of BOB GRANT's complete body of work, RADIO AND RECORDS has withdrawn its decision to present the 2008 News/Talk/Sports Lifetime Industry Achievement Award to Mr. GRANT. R&R is sensitive to the diversity of our community and does not want the presentation of an award to Mr. GRANT to imply our endorsement of past comments by him that contradict our values and the respect we have for all members of our community."
What R&R did is defamatory and cowardly. I have received support and encouragement from more friends than I knew I had.
The statement did not indicate what triggered the further review.
Bob Grant Comments
GRANT tells ALL ACCESS, "What R&R did is defamatory and cowardly. I have received support and encouragement from more friends than I knew I had." GRANT's situation also drew the attention of SEAN HANNITY, who ripped R&R for its about-face on WEDNESDAY's show and had GRANT on the air to talk about it.
GRANT's penchant for controversy is well-known and long-established in the industry, but he is best known as a pioneer of political Talk radio from his long runs at WMCA-A, WABC-A, and WOR-A; he presently hosts at WABC.