January 17, 2008
|CONTACT: COLLEEN O’BOYLE or TIM SCHEIDERER
Conservative Radio Pioneer Bob Grant Deprived of Lifetime
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Knuckling
under to the complaint of a single unidentified person, leading
radio industry magazine Radio & Records has withdrawn its
lifetime achievement award from conservative talk radio legend Bob
Grant. The award was to be presented at their convention in
Washington, D.C. this March.
Heading up a panel of talk show hosts at the conference, and the
host of his own syndicated radio talk show Keepin’ It Real, is
Reverend Al Sharpton, who has made racist remarks the veritable
hallmark of his career. Sharpton has never been called to account
for or faced any negative repercussions as a result of any of them.
Nor has he apologized for them or the many lives he has destroyed.
Grant was fired due to some racially insensitive remarks he made in
the 1990s, and they probably cost him an opportunity for a
syndicated radio deal. He has since expressed repeatedly and
profusely his regret for the things he said.
L. Brent Bozell, III, President of the Media Research Center, was
floored by the duplicity.
“Al Sharpton, the man who gave
us the phrase ‘white interloper’, the Crown Heights racial riots
and the phantom racism of the Tawana Brawley incident is just
fine by Radio and Records standards, but Bob Grant is not?
“Bob Grant said some terrible things. He was penalized and
disciplined for them at the time, and it was more than
appropriate that he was. But he has apologized nearly
ceaselessly since, and paid an ongoing terrible career price for
“Al Sharpton has never apologized to anyone, and continued on
unabated to reach Democrat Presidential candidate heights and
achieve television and radio stardom.
“Bob Grant was nearly sunk by his comments; Al Sharpton, who has
said AND DONE far worse than anything Bob has merely said,
continues his rise unscathed by disdain or scrutiny.
“This is not about Bob Grant. This is about Bob Grant and Al
Sharpton. If Bob Grant is deemed to be outside Radio and
Records’ bounds, there is absolutely no way Al Sharpton can be
To schedule an interview with MRC President Brent Bozell or another
please contact Tim Scheiderer (x. 126) or Colleen O’Boyle (x. 122)
at (703) 683-5004.
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