Longtime conservative talk radio star Jim Bohannon dead at 78

Conservatives were left mourning this weekend after longtime talk radio star Jim Bohannon died at the age of 78. 

According to the Daily Wire, Bohannon passed away on Saturday following a struggle with esophageal cancer, which had forced him to step down from Jim Bohannon Show last month.

Cancer battle

Bohannon’s obituary declared that had “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 by the National Association of Broadcasters, the Missouri Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, the National Radio Hall of Fame of the Museum of Broadcast Communication, and the Society of Professional Journalists, DC Chapter Hall of Fame,” it continued.

Curtis LeGeyt serves as president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and he put out a statement after Bohannon had passed.

“Our industry has lost a legend in the passing of Jim Bohannon, who embodied the spirit of broadcasting,” LeGeyt said of the late host.

“His charismatic nature, distinct style and engaging programs have left an enduring mark on radio and the generations of audiences whose lives he touched,” LeGeyt added.

“Gracious and welcoming”

More praise came from fellow broadcaster Dr. Daliah Wachs, who recalled in a tweet how Bohannon had been “a mentor.”

Also speaking up was Fox 5-DC host Jim Lokay, who remembered Bohannon as being a “gracious and welcoming” figure.

Bohannon’s obituary noted that he was born January 7, 1944, in Corvallis, OR, where his father was stationed in the U.S. Army during WWII.” He is survived by his wife, Annabelle, and their daughter, Elizabeth Smith.