The no. 1 gabber on the no. 1 talk-radio station in the No. 1 market called blacks "savages" and Haitian refugees "subhuman scum." Gays were "perverted misfits." Anyone who argued or spoke with an accent earned a raging "Get off my phone, you creep!"

It's not Bob Grant's phone anymore. Last week radio's Brahmin of bullies, 66, was disconnected from his audience on New York City's WABC. The apparent provocation: his speculation, on hearing of the crash of a plane carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, that Brown would be the one survivor--"because, at heart, I'm a pessimist."

Such an ad-lib might...

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