Jim Bohannon, host of Westwood One’s The Jim Bohannon Show, is one of America’s top radio personalities. Voted one of “The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America” by Talkers Magazine three years in a row, the Jim Bohannon Show can be heard from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (ET) Monday through Friday on over 300 radio stations across the nation, delivering his wit, wisdom and natural charm to listeners across the nation. The Jim Bohannon Show brings listeners a unique blend of breaking news, interesting features and informative reports on a spectrum of topics. Bohannon also talks to special guests and his loyal callers live, offering humor and compassion.
In addition to the Jim Bohannon Show, 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. Jim also previously hosted the weekend news magazine America This Week.
A 50-year-plus broadcasting veteran, Bohannon began his career in 1960 at his hometown station, KLWT-AM, Lebanon, MO. After college at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and service in the U.S. Army, he moved to Washington where he worked at Easy Listening WGAY-FM and News-Talkers WTOP-AM and WWRC-AM. He later moved to Chicago in 1980 where he worked as a morning anchor at WCFL-FM Radio and as a freelance reporter for Cable News Network.
Bohannon hosted his own Saturday night phone-in program 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 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.
Jim Bohannon was nominated for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Radio Award for the Network Syndicated Personality of the Year. He is a recipient of a Special Recognition First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and was named by the TALKERS magazine editorial board as the 2013 recipient of the publication’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also an inductee into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Paul Hill (@RadioPHH) has been producing The Jim Bohannon Show since the end of January, 2004. While the JBS is Paul’s first full-scale producing gig, he’s been with Westwood One (and its predecessor in the network radio business, the Mutual Broadcasting System) on and off-but mostly on-since December, 1979. After a few years of on-air work at radio stations from South Carolina to Pennsylvania, Paul spent over twenty years in the Operations Department of the network, first as a technician, for a short time as a producer, and for the bulk of the time as a scheduling and computer specialist. He also spent time at one of the network’s traffic reporting divisions. In addition to producing Jim’s nightly talk show, Paul is Associate Producer for the morning news magazine program America in the Morning, prepares news material for Westwood One News, and every now and then fills in as producer of both AITM and Westwood One’s other morning program, First Light. Outside of the studio, Paul’s interests include baseball and game shows (especially quiz programs-none of that @#&% “reality” stuff for him!). Paul’s wife Debby works at the National Institute for Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, one of the National Institutes of Health. They met at college (Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA), where being blind didn’t stop Debby from becoming one of the best Top 40 Radio disc jockeys ever heard on college radio. Paul and Debby live in Alexandria, VA.
Joe Ardinger is the Monday through Thursday night engineer for The Jim Bohannon Show. He is also the engineer for the Westwood One morning magazine show First Light with Evan Haning. Joe has a long and interesting radio history, which we will share with you once the court order is vacated.
Walt Hassett is our regular Friday night engineer. His day job is at the Newseum, the Washington, DC area’s museum dedicated to the news media (which you should definitely visit if you visit DC). He has worked for Westwood One on and off for more years than most people would care to admit, starting, as many of us have, back in the Mutual Broadcasting System days.