Born Grant Sheffield Hopkins with an early passion for music and spiritual motivation. He is a product of Sumner High School, Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in Rosedale, Kansas.
“Groovy Grant,” his on-air radio personality, studied music saxophone and string bass for six months at University of Missouri-Kansas City and took advantage of an opportunity in the KPRS School of Broadcasting in 1972 in a grant made possible by Sam Cornelius of Human Resources of Kansas City. Groovy Grant’s love of music led to 22 years of continuous volunteering, as well as his his employment at Greyhound Bus Company from 1969 to 1986. During that tenure he built his portable broadcasting cart and he was in constant demand for fundraisers and parties. He created custom-made postcards and did a brief stint as a Security Guard with the Kansas City Missouri School District.
During Groovy’s father’s illness, he used the self-teaching of photography to take his mind off his father’s sickness. His love of music and stick-to-it-ness led to making everything he wanted perfect. His spiritual dedication paved the way to achieve greatness. He heads up the Audio and Broadcasting Department of his Church Metropolitan Spiritual Church of Christ.
Not only has Groovy excelled in photography of historical events which include his cutting edge radio interviews with Mr. Billy Eckstine, Albert Collins, Charles Brown, Johnny Taylor, Ben Kennard, Lee Oaker, David ’Fathead’ Newman, James Brown’s sister, Fannie Brown, just to name a few.
Through his Just Out Production, Groovy’s talent and special uniqueness provides custom family, organizational and memorial photography booklets that are greatly in demand along with his state of the art’s photography of celebrities, entertainers, elected officials, and weddings has put him in the most wanted. He established the “Original Traffic Jam” show and his present music show is Old’s G’s Hang Out, which is broadcast live every Wednesday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. CST on KKFI 90.1 FM.
His show, said by many is second to none, and his music library consist of Old School, R & B, Jazz, Gospel and some one-of-a-kind records. Reach Groovy Grant by phone (816) 824-0596;.his voice will say “If I can help you, I will,” or by email at [email protected]
This article courtesy of United Minority Media Association (UMMA)