NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cumulus Media’s Westwood One (NASDAQ:CMLS). announced today that legendary broadcaster Jim Bohannon will retire as host of “The Jim Bohannon Show” on October 14, 2022 due to health reasons after overseeing the show for more than 30 years. Bohannon’s final show will include special guests and an opportunity for listeners to stop by and offer their thanks and best wishes. Rich Valdes, New York-area talk show host and Westwood One producer, will host “The Jim Bohannon Show” beginning Monday, October 17, continuing to bring listeners a unique blend of breaking news, interesting features and informative reports at one offer a wide range of topics every weekday from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. ET.
“It’s been a great 40 years with Westwood One, including the last 30 years hosting The Jim Bohannon Show. I enjoyed every minute of our daily nightly town hall with my guests, callers and across America,” Bohannon said.
“We celebrate Jim’s long radio history and all of his achievements, including his induction into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Talkers Magazine and his induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Missouri Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Jim has been an invaluable member of our Westwood One family over these many years. He truly is an industry legend,” said Suzanne Grimes, executive vice president of corporate marketing, Cumulus Media and president, Westwood One.
Grimes continued, “We look forward to continuing our tradition of providing the best programming for our affiliates and listeners.”
About Jim Bohannon
Jim Bohannon is one of America’s top radio personalities and has been voted one of the “100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America” by Talkers Magazine for three years running.
For 30 years, he has hosted “The Jim Bohannon Show” every weekday from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. ET on more than 300 radio stations nationwide. In addition, Bohannon was the early morning anchor of the weekday news magazine America in the Morning for over 31 years and was also previously the host of the weekend news magazine America This Week.
A broadcast veteran in his 50s, Bohannon began his career in 1960 with his home broadcaster KLWT-AM, Lebanon, MO. After college at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and service in the US 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 program and served as the main back-up for Larry King on The Larry King Show. In February 1993, Bohannon took over the prestigious nightly talk show slot formerly held by King.
Bohannon joined Westwood One in 1983 and in addition to his weekday programs has hosted news programs, political conventions and election coverage.
Jim Bohannon was nominated for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Radio Award for Network Syndicated Personality of the Year. He received a Special Recognition First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and was named by the editorial board of Talkers Magazine as a recipient of the publication’s prestigious 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also been inducted into both the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Missouri Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
About Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) is an audio-first media company that delivers premium content to over a quarter billion people every month – wherever and whenever they want. Cumulus Media engages listeners with quality local programming through 405 owned and operated radio stations in 86 markets; delivers nationally syndicated sports, news, talk and entertainment programming from iconic brands such as the NFL, NCAA, the Masters, CNN, the AP, the Academy of Country Music Awards and many other world-class partners with more than 9,500 affiliated stations across Westwood One, the largest audio network in America; and inspires listeners through the Cumulus Podcast Network, its rapidly growing network of original podcasts that are intelligent, entertaining and thought-provoking. Cumulus Media offers advertisers personal connections, local impact and national reach through digital, mobile, social and voice-enabled broadcast and on-demand platforms, as well as integrated digital marketing services, powerful influencers, full-service audio solutions, industry-leading research and insights, and live -Event experiences. Cumulus Media is the only audio media company that offers marketers local and national advertising performance guarantees. Visit www.cumulusmedia.com for more information.
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