NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame To Induct Bohannon


Jim Bohannon, who hosts a nationally syndicated eponymous talk show distributed to radio stations by Cumulus Media-owned Westwood One, has been selected as the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame 2022 radio inductee.

The induction will take place at the Achievement in Broadcasting event at NAB Show, scheduled for April 23–27, 2022 in Las Vegas.

“The Jim Bohannon Show” airs from 10pm-1am Eastern weeknights and is distributed to more than 300 radio stations. A 50-year-plus broadcasting veteran, Bohannon spent over 31 years as host of the early morning weekday news magazine “America in the Morning,” for which he still provides interviews and his feature “The Offbeat.” He previously hosted the weekend news magazine “America This Week.”

“Jim encompasses the spirit of radio. His distinct voice, humor and engaging programs have informed and entertained listeners for 50 years, while addressing historic milestones affecting our nation,” NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said. “I am grateful for his friendship and the opportunities I have had to be a guest on his show. We congratulate Jim on this befitting honor.”

Bohannon began his radio career in 1960 at KLWT-AM in his hometown of Lebanon, Missouri. Following college and military service during the Vietnam War, he returned to radio in the Washington, D.C. market, covering news at both WTOP-AM and WWRC-AM. He later worked as a morning anchor at WCFL in Chicago and as a freelance reporter for CNN.

Bohannon hosted his own Saturday night phone-in program starting in 1984 and served as the principal back-up for Larry King on the “Larry King Show.” In February of 1993, Bohannon took over the prestigious nighttime radio talk show slot formerly held by King.

Bohannon joined Westwood One in 1983 and has anchored newscasts, political conventions and election night coverage in addition to his weekday programs.

The NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame recognizes radio and television personalities or programs that have earned a place in broadcasting history.