Don’t Judge a Book by its Title
March 23, 2011
I have always been totally honest with my radio audience. But the trait of honesty is a double-edged sword. It is a double-edged sword for the person who operates totally in an honest and open way because the public appreciates honesty and they know it from the feigned candor they get from most of my epigones.
Of course, the public has been taken in by the act put on by so many of our politicians. I don’t want to get off the track of what I want to say today. Therefore, I will try to not even think about that fake, phony fraud in the White House. There, I got that out of my system. Now I can write what I would like to share with you today.
Returning to the subject of being so honest, it is a double-edged sword, on the one hand people do appreciate the frank expression. But, on the other hand, people can become so angry they will want to destroy you. And that, of course, is what I must tell you today. I am somewhat dejected because after being in contact with a great publishing firm for several months, I have finally learned they will not publish the book I had proposed to them.
I thought it was the idea they were looking for and they did like it, but something happened that turned them off. I don’t know for sure what it was, but I do have my suspicions. Who else but Bob Grant could and should write a book about the growth of talk radio in America? That was my concept for the book.
No one has done this type of radio longer than I have. I will never forget a day in San Diego, California while I was out there visiting my son, Chris. He was visiting a client of his and asked me to come along. His client was a cheerful, nice lady who, upon being introduced to me, said, "“Your son tells me you are in radio and do a talk show in New York.”
I noticed she was holding a book she had been reading. The book was entitled, “The Way Things Ought To Be,” and the author was Rush Limbaugh. The lady went on to say, “Do You Know Rush Limbaugh?” I said, “I see you are reading his book. Have you read much of it?” She answered that she had gotten about half way through. I asked, “Did you read page 13?”
Then I suggested she take a look inside the book and check out that page. She opened the book to the page and expressed amazement. I thought she was going to faint with excitement. I noticed my son looked concerned for her condition. The poor woman was absolutely flabbergasted because on page 13, Rush lauded me as the one who pioneered talk radio and couldn’t say enough about how much he admired me. If any of you still have “The Way Things Ought To Be,” check out page 13.
Why am I saying this? Why am I telling this little obscure story? Because this story epitomizes the angst of being Bob Grant. The fact is, if I were not so candid and honest behind the microphone, I would not be writing this. I would have continued my program from 1996 instead of returning from a book signing of my one and only book, “Let’s Be Heard,” which had its official publication date on April 3, 1996.
On April 17, I was told the Bob Grant Show would no longer be broadcast by WABC. The enemies I had acquired for being so honest and truthful prevailed, and the Disney Corporation, which had just taken ownership of the ABC radio network, did not want any bad publicity. There were so many villains in the piece that I do not have the energy to enumerate them. I am afraid that several letters I have received and emails too, have brought about this mood, because so many of you are so complimentary and loyal I am truly touched by your many statements concerning what an important person I have been in your lives.
I never really understood the place in your thoughts I had. It is because of you I have been doing the once a week program. It is because of you I write this to be part of www.BobGrantOnline.com. It is because of you I have been able to carry on even though the emotional scars of my professional lynching have never healed.
I do hope those scars do vanish. If anyone knows how to make that happen, do not hesitate to offer a suggestion. In the meantime, I will continue to be candid and frank and opinionated. So there!