Talk radio host Jim Bohannon dies at 78

The Washington Examiner reports that Jim Bohannon, the conservative talk radio host, has died at the age of 78. 

An obituary posted on Legacy.com indicates that Bohannon died at the Prisma Health Cottingham Hospice House, in Seneca, South Carolina.

The Examiner reports that Bohannon’s death resulted from his battle with esophageal cancer. Things got so bad for Bohannon that, last month, he had to give up hosting his radio show, the Jim Bohannon Show.

Remembering Bohannon

Bohannon’s career in radio goes back to his pre-college days when he worked at KLWT, an AM dial news-talk station that is no longer in existence. In college, he worked at 1340 AM, known as KICK, and 560 AM, or KWTO.

Then, following in his father’s footsteps, it was off to the U.S. Army for Bohannon. He served in the U.S. Army Security Agency’s 199th Light Infantry Brigade, where he made a tour of duty during the Vietnam War.

When he returned to America, but when he was still with the army, he worked at numerous radio stations, including WGAY, WTOP, and WRC, all of which targeted Washington D.C.

In the 1980s, Bohannon would go on to become the anchor of America in the Morning and, at times, he even filled in for Larry King. Then, in the 1990s, when Larry King moved to CNN, Bohannon was given King’s timeslot.

Bohannon kept that show going for 40 years until just recently when he had to step down because of his failing health.

“Lost a legend”

Cutis LeGeyt, the president of the National Association of Broadcasters, has released a statement explaining just what Bohannon meant to the radio industry.

He said:

Our industry has lost a legend in the passing of Jim Bohannon. His charismatic nature, distinct style and engaging programs have left an enduring mark on radio and the generations of audiences whose lives he touched. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to be a guest on his show, and was honored to induct him into NAB’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame earlier this year. We offer our deepest condolences to Jim’s family, friends and fans.

Bohannon received many honors during his lifetime for his work, including the Radio Television Digital News Association’s First Amendment Award, the Talkers’ Lifetime Achievement Award, and others.

Bohannon has also been inducted into the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the Radio Hall of Fame, Washington’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame, and the Missouri Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.