Conservative radio great Jim Bohannon dies at 78

The Daily Wire reports that Jim Bohannon, the well-known conservative radio talk show host, has died at the age of 78. 

According to his obituary, Bohannon died on Saturday at the Prisma Health Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca, South Carolina.

His death is reportedly the result of the esophageal cancer that he had been battling.

Who was he?

Conservative radio listeners will remember Bohannon as the host of the Jim Bohannon Show. 

Bohannon had a long history in radio that goes all the way back to his pre-College days, when he worked at the now-defunct AM station KLWT. Bohannon would go on to work at two other stations, KICK and KWTO, while in college, before joining the U.S. Army.

After a tour in Vietnam as part of the U.S. Army Security Agency’s 199th Light Infantry Brigade, Bohannon returned to the U.S., where he continued to work for more radio stations, including WGAY, WTOP, and WRC.

Bohannon became the anchor of America in the Morning in the 1980s. Then, in the 1990s, Bohannon’s big break came when Larry King moved to CNN and he was given King’s timeslot.

Altogether, Bohannon had been hosting his radio show for over three decades until just last month when he was forced to call it quits because of his declining health.

Radio has “lost a legend”

Bohannon, throughout his lifetime, had received numerous awards and honors.

He has been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including 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. Bohannon has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award, from Talkers Magazine, and the First Amendment Award, from the Radio and Television Digital News Foundation.

There is no overstating just how much Bohannon has accomplished in radio.

National Association of Broadcasters President Cutis LeGeyt put it this way:

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.

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