NEW YORK — Longtime conservative radio host Bob Grant died Tuesday in Hillsborough, N.J., after a short illness. He was 84.
Mr. Grant once derided Martin Luther King Jr. as ‘‘that slimeball.” He was fired from New York radio station WABC in 1996 for acid-tongued remarks he made following the plane crash death of the first black commerce secretary, Ron Brown. He later returned to WABC.
Known for his combative style, he was considered aforerunner of conservative broadcasters such as Sean Hannity.
Born Robert Ciro Gigante in Chicago in 1929, he began his broadcasting career in the late 1940s at WBBM in Chicago. He moved on to radio and television jobs in Los Angeles and New York and was named afternoon drive time host at WABC in 1984.