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Excuse me, but CJOB's Vic Grant signs off

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JUST because he's retiring, veteran Winnipeg newsman Vic Grant doesn't plan to let the moss grow on his brain.

"I'll be doing something to keep the grey matter from stagnating," said Grant, who is stepping down Aug. 31 from his post as program and news director of radio station CJOB.

"But in the short term, I'll be playing some golf and spending time with family, especially my grandson."

Grant says retirement is something he's been looking at for at least 18 months, but he delayed it following last fall's market crash.

"He's an old-fashioned, hard-bitten news guy whose day really is ending," said Red River College journalism instructor Duncan McMonagle.

"He had a longer run than many of them."

Grant has spent almost 45 years in the news business, including 17 with the Winnipeg Tribune and the last 20 with CJOB, the city's perennial ratings leader.

As a commentator in both print and radio -- he has done a regular morning opinion piece on 'OB called Excuse Me -- Grant was known for his blunt and sometimes reactionary views.

"I don't know if his bark was worse than his bite, McMonagle said. "But he sure could bark."

In an Aug. 15 column, Free Press Editor Margo Goodhand took a shot at "information superstation" CJOB for regurgitating Free Press news reports uncredited.

But Grant refused to fire back, at least not full bore.

"I could smash that in a minute but I'm not going to," he said.

Grant is the second senior member of 'OB's 28-person news and information staff to announce his departure this summer.

Morning man Larry Updike is leaving Aug. 31 to take up the job as the spokesman for Siloam Mission. Hal Anderson, the morning man with 'OB's sister station Power 97 FM, is taking over.

Assistant news director Kevin Wallace will move into Grant's desk.

Despite the downsizing that has hit most media outlets, including CJOB, Grant says he isn't getting out while the getting is good.

"We've all had to change the way we do business," he said. "I've seen a number of people my age lose their health and even drop dead. I want to enjoy some of the things I've missed while I'm still healthy."

morley.walker@freepress.mb.ca

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 22, 2009 C8

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