Its the final “Gag Hour” for 1988 on the legendary Bob Grant show! If you never heard Bob Grant, he was one of the last middle of the road, local and national, issues oriented talk show hosts before talk radio, and WABC in particular, moved to the far right of the political spectrum.
One thing Grant did well was play a liberal at times, a conservative at others, and he managed to command a huge audience at a time when WABC sorely needed it. Grant delivered for many years.
Its interesting to note, nationally syndicated host Rush Limbaugh began his show from the WABC studios on August 1 of that year, and did the show from WABC for many years before moving the whole EIB network to Florida, but I digress.
The rules for the Gag Hour were simple: Do not say anything nice, and don’t repeat yourself. And, as usual, turn your radio down! You’ll enjoy this, as the callers are GREAT! Grant himself was enjoying every minute of it. In fact a couple of callers had him laughing so hard he was out of breath!
This is one of the only talk radio airchecks here on our site. There will be more as time goes on, as we endeavor to save the history of North American Radio Broadcasting for posterity.
Courtesy of and recorded by Contributor Ellis Feaster.
Related: Ross & Wilson, WABC New York from 1982, Jeff Christie, 1360 WIXZ McKeesport PA from 1971