Conservative talk radio host Jim Bohannon died on Saturday. He was 78.
Cause of death was esophageal cancer. He died at the Prisma Health Cottingham Hospice House, according to an obituary published online.
Bohannon’s radio career began even before his college years, during which he worked at KLWT. As he was working on his college studies, he was also working at KICK (1340 AM) and KWTO (560 AM) in Missouri.
The Washington Examiner had more to say on the matter:
Bohannon stepped down from his popular Jim Bohannon Show last month, citing health concerns. He had hosted the show for over 30 years and was featured on the Westwood One radio network for 40. His show, which he inherited from the late Larry King after King moved to CNN, aired each weeknight from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. EST on more than 300 radio stations nationwide.
The Radio Television Digital News Association previously awarded Bohannon Special Recognition First Amendment Award. In 2013, Talkers’s magazine editorial board named him the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. Bohannon was also 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.
The family is requesting donations to veterans’ organizations in lieu of flowers, as Bohannon himself was a Vietnam veteran. Bohannon served in the Army Security Agency with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. He would go on to produce a documentary on the war called Pain and Pride — Remembering Vietnam, earning a Gold Award from the International Radio Festival of New York.
He is survived by his wife, Annabelle Bohannon, and his daughter, Elizabeth Smith.
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