Talk radio is bigger than Shawn Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Rush, Sean and Howard Stern readily pay homage to Bob Grant. Regular NYC residents have long known about the brash, brilliant and mecurial Grant. Grant could interview authors on any subject and his interviewing skills were much better than anyone on radio. Grant's knowledge of history was very thorough and he was very well prepared. Long before Michael Savage made volatility an assett Grant was doing this years ago.
Who is the heir to the Grant Legacy? This person would need to be razor sharp, volitile and have the skills to become a showman. The closest in style and substance is Mark Levin. On some days Mark Levin reminds me of the great Bob Grant. He may even be sharper than Grant. He has not developed Grant's legendary interviewing skills, but he is the best we have.
I would like to say I am a big Glenn Beck fan. Beck is always entertaining but his constant personal stories are just too touchy feely. His skits are the best in the business. I remember one amazing one Yoda in a singles bar.
I am a huge Monica Crowley fan but she hasn't made the jump yet. She really knows history and has the best interviewing skills on radio. I would pay to see her demolish Noam Chomsky or Ward Churchill. Those types steer clear of Monica for good reason, she knows her stuff.
The recently cancelled John Batchelor show was the highest quality show on radio. Eerie musical interludes with killer regulars like John Loftus, Eddy Hayes and Entifad Khanbar. Batchelor also did many book interviews and sometimes veered into science or economics. I miss the show allready and have lost all respect for WABC. Why is Ron Kuby still on the air? Can't WABC air Larry Elder instead of Coast to Coast? Why can't they hire Jay Diamond or Steve Malzberg to do quality programming on the overnight instead. Who are these clowns that they have added to the lineup.
WABC has now officialy become a Mickey Mouse Outfit. There is talk of John Batchelor having a new show in late fall of this year.