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It is with great sadness we report the passing of one of Washington's
broadcast pioneers, Milt Grant
who died of cancer on Saturday, April 28th, 2007 at his home in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 83.
Milt will forever be remembered for his teen dance show on Channel
5, which ran every night from 1956 - 1961 and was produced live
in front of a studio audience in the Raleigh Hotel at 12th and
Pennsylvania Ave, NW. He also co-authored the song, 'Rumble'
with Link Wray who fronted the house band on the show. See a short
clip of LaVern Baker performing, 'Jim Dandy Got Married'
Grant's Record Hop' on WTTG-TV from Monday, May 27th,
1957. Also see a sales
pitch he did for the show to sponsors that same day.
his TV show came to an end, he organized the first 'network' of
stations in the DC area for a syndicated
radio program that ran Saturday & Sundays from 1-4PM on
By June 6th, 1964 the network had dissolved to only WAVA.
He had previously been heard in 1959 on WWDC.
His ventures into TV ownership covered a period of over 30 years,
beginning with Channel 20 in Washington in 1966 coinciding with
the advent of UHF television frequencies. During the '80's the
Grant Broadcasting System operated television stations throughout
the country, including Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia,
Miami and a host of smaller markets. (Read the press
release of his passing from his station in Huntsville).
lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to
American Cancer Society.
A service was held on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 at 10:30 AM at
the Star of David Cemetery and Chapel, 7701 Bailey Road, North
Lauderdale, Fl. 33068.
More information on the life and times of Milt can be found at
the following sources:
(Washington) Evening Star (06/01/58), 'Milt Grant Plugs
A Hit - His Own'
Washington Post, (05/02/07) 'Curtain Drops on The Milt
Washington Post, (05/02/07) 'Before Dick Clark, Washington
Had Boogied on Milt Grant's Show'
Washington Post, (05/03/07) 'Milt Grant; Dance Host, TV
Fox 54 / Huntsville
late Good Guy, Dean Griffith (Dean Anthony) wrote:
don't recall the exact circumstances and dates, but when Milt
first started on WPGC he was basically out of work and looking
to stay alive. Quite honestly, I didn't want him, but Bob
Howard did the old arm twisting and pulling rank. However,
he was only on WPGC when I was there. I know after I left he did
his local syndication deal and I have a sneaky feeling that
Bob Howard might have been financially involved in that....but
I don't know that for a fact. Keep in mind all this was more than
40 years ago.
I first started at 'PGC, I recorded the Milt Grant show every
Thursday night. His producer was a guy named Danny (can't come
up with a last name). He was a character. We had a lotta laughs.
Milt was a funny guy; serious, but funny. It
ran Sunday afternoons. I still have one of the tape boxes labeled
"The Milt Grant Show 2:00-2:25". (Not the show, just
gave me an extra $20 a week to record the show - lotta cash in
1963 - bought a lot of cigs! I was still smoking at that time
(like everyone else) - $2.50 a carton!
Larry Justice recalls:
another ICON. I remember being in awe of Milt. I remember his
taping on Thursdays. However, there were times when he did the
show LIVE on Saturday at 'PGC. I was on Saturdays, 10AM - 2PM
followed by Milt. When he walked into the studio it was electric.
It's not fun seeing all the guys I worked with leaving us. I was
the kid, 22 yrs old at 'PGC.
to Lee Whitney for the audio above.
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