Posted onAuthorHarry QuallsComments Off on Saturday November 12, 2022 | Magazine TALKERS
The industry mourns Jim Bohannon. Veteran radio host Jim Bohannon died at the age of 78, Hospice Prisma Health Cottingham in South Carolina after losing a fierce battle with esophageal cancer. He was born on January 7, 1944 in Corvallis, OR, where his father was stationed in the United States Army during World War II. After the war, the family returned to their hometown of Lebanon, MO, where Jim grew up and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1962. He attended Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, before joining the Army. His service in the United States Army Security Agency with the 199e Light Infantry Brigade included a period of service in Vietnam in 1967-1968. Jim’s radio career began in high school working at KLWT, and in college at KICK and KWTO. After returning to the United States, Jim was stationed at Vint Hill Farms Station, VA, and worked at WGAY, WTOP and WRC radio stations in the Washington, DC market. He joined the Mutual Network in 1983, which later became Radio Westwood One. He began anchoring America in the Morning news magazine, hosting the Saturday night Jim Bohannon Show, and filling the Larry King Spectacle. In 1993 Larry King moved to CNN, and the radio show became the Jim Bohannon Show, which Jim hosted until shortly before his death. His distinctive voice, wit and wisdom have been broadcast on some 500 radio stations across the country. Jim has been honored to be the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his talent and contributions to the radio industry. This includes his induction into the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame speak National Association of Broadcastersthe Missouri Association of Broadcasters Hall of Famethe Radio Hall of Fame of the Audiovisual Communication Museumand the Society of Professional Journalists, DC Chapter Hall of Fame. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from SPEAKERS magazine, and the First Amendment Award of the Radio and Television Digital News Foundation. He was particularly happy to receive the Gold Award from the New York International Radio Festival for his documentary, “Pain and Pride – Remembering Vietnam”, and for being inducted into the 2003 Wall of Honor in his hometown of Lebanon, MO. He was a life member of the American Legion, Overseas Veterans Wars, and the Vietnam Veterans of America. Jim is survived by his wife, Annabelle Bohannonof Westminster, SC, and her daughter, Elizabeth Smith of Janesville, WI. Per Jim’s wishes, no formal service will be held at this time. The family is in their respective homes. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory are suggested to any organization of your choice that serves to support the needs of veterans. A message of condolence may be written to the family by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com.
SPEAKERS editor Michael Harrison says, “Jim Bohannon was one of the greatest broadcasters of all time, plain and simple. His talent was surpassed only by the personal esteem in which his fellow broadcasters held him. He was the very definition of a “good guy” through and through. Harrison recently recorded the last official interview with Jim Bohannon which is published on Podcast One Click here. SPEAKERS will publish a long tribute to Jim Bohannon on Monday morning (11/14) composed by the editor Mike Kinosian.
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