Jim Bohannon is headed to the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
The National Association of Broadcasters said Bohannon will be inducted during the NAB Show in April. If current plans hold, that will be the first in-person spring NAB in three years.
Bohannon is host of Westwood One’s syndicated radio talk show, “The Jim Bohannon Show,” which airs on approximately 300 radio stations.
“Delivering his wit, wisdom and natural charm to listeners across the nation, Bohannon offers a unique blend of breaking news, informative reports on a wide range of topics and live conversations with listeners,” NAB stated in the announcement.
It noted that he has been in broadcasting for more than 50 years, and spent more than 31 of them as host of the early morning show “America in the Morning.” He previously hosted the weekend program “America This Week.”
NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith has been a guest on Bohannon’s program. “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,” Smith said.
Bohannon started in radio at KLWT(AM) in his hometown of Lebanon, Mo., in 1960.
“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),” NAB wrote in a bio. “He later worked as a morning anchor at WCFL(FM) in Chicago and as a freelance reporter for CNN.”
He hosted a Saturday night phone-in program starting in 1984 and was principal back-up on the “Larry King Show.” In 1993, he took over King’s time slot.
“Bohannon joined Westwood One in 1983 and has anchored newscasts, political conventions and election night coverage in addition to his weekday programs.”