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Jim Bohannon talks to special guests and his loyal callers about a spectrum of topics ranging from current events and politics to entertainment and pop culture. Jim is on the air with the newsmakers who are on the scene.

Join the conversation by calling 1-866-50-JIMBO / 1-866-505-4626 as we air live each weeknight from 10 pm to 1 am Eastern Time (or e-mail us!).

Jim Bohannon, host of WestwoodOne’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.Bohannon describes himself as a “militant moderate” 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 is host of the early morning weekday news magazine, America in the Morning, as well as America This Week, and his unpredictable feature, The Offbeat, which is heard as a part of all three of Jim’s shows.

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 WestwoodOne 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.

Walt Hassett

Walt Hassett is the first person we call when Ted or Bill need some time off or they’re sent on some outside assignment. Walt is a Navy brat who was born in San Diego, CA, and raised in Honolulu, HI, which accounts for him wearing Hawaiian shirts even in the dead of winter. Walt will also occasionally get the assignment to fill in for Paul screening phone calls. (Versatile, ain’t he?) He has worked for Westwood One on and off for more years than most people would care to admit.

Paul Hill

Paul Hill 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, SmartRoute Systems. In addition to producing Jim’s nightly talk show, Paul is Associate Producer for Jim’s morning news magazine program America in the Morning, prepares news material for Westwood One’s NBC News Radio service, 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.

Bill Pimble

Bill Pimble is the Friday night engineer for The Jim Bohannon Show. He also engineers the network’s Lars Larson Show each weeknight. Bill is our in-house computer guy-if there’s a problem with what Jimbo only half-jokingly refers to as our ‘steam-powered’ computers, Bill is the man who makes things right again. He’s been with Westwood One (and predecessor company Mutual Broadcasting) longer than any of us. Bill and his wife Lorna have two kids, Christopher and Matthew. The Pimble homestead is in Landover, MD, within ‘spitting distance,’ Bill says, of FedEx Field. Given the Washington Redskins performance since moving there, that may be the correct response.

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