New Rochelle’s famed radio maven, Bill O’Shaughnessy of WVOX-AM and WVIP-FM never shies away from coming to the defense of misanthropic microphone jockeys– no matter how offensive they may be to some listeners and critics. If memory serves, he rallied behind Howard Stern some years ago when the potty-mouthed shock-jock got into trouble with the FCC
Now the suave, silver-haired “O Man” has come to the aid and comfort of legendary right-wing talk-show host Bob Grant, whose pending return to WABC was lambasted by New York Daily News columnist Errol Louis.
Louis’ Sunday column carried the headline: “Tune Out the Voice of Hate: The Awful Bob Grant is Back on the City’s Airwaves”
Then he wrote It this opening salvo: “News recently broke about the unfortunate return to the airwaves of Bob Grant, a radio talk show host whose stock in trade, racially charged hate speech, seems to be enjoying a resurgence.”
Click on column.
O’Shaughnessey replied by firing off a letter to the editor. He said he felt compelled to defend Grant even though the cranky talk-meister once called him a “stooge.”
“Bob Grant’s discomforting and unsettling words aside, the right of the social commentator to be heard and the right of the people to decide should prevail in this contretemps between two outstanding broadcasters.
“Grant is a performer, a talk show host, a humorist and a provocateur with a rapier sharp wit. Throughout his brilliant career, Grant has been an equal opportunity offender … poking fun at the high and mighty as well as the rest of us for our foibles and pomposity.”
Thanks to O’Shaughnessy’s missive The New York radio message board has lighting up like crazy. Grant will be back on Sept. 13.