Westwood One has announced that Jim Bohannon will be leaving his hosting duties on “America in the Morning” after the broadcast on December 18. Bohannon will continue to host the long-running “Jim Bohannon Show.” He’s been the sole host of “America in the Morning” since its first broadcast in 1984. Bohannon is passing the reins to veteran broadcaster and regular guest host John Trout, who officially takes over on Monday, January 18.
“It’s time for me to cut back the daily schedule a bit and focus my attention on the research, interviews, and calls for my weeknight Jim Bohannon Show,” commented Bohannon. “But I’ll still be contributing my daily feature, the ‘Offbeat,’ and my newsmaker interviews to America in the Morning.” He adds, “Listeners will love John Trout as host. He’s got a stellar track record and he’s been a terrific fill-in. The show is in great hands and I wish him much success.”
“After an amazing run of 30-plus years, I think Jim has earned the right to work a regular day instead of a double shift,” said Executive VP/News and Talk Programming Bart Tessler. “His contributions to Westwood One have been immeasurable and we’re fortunate they will continue into 2016 with The Jim Bohannon Show. That fortune is extended with John Trout, who is the perfect successor for the next generation of America in the Morning.”
Trout, a seasoned radio and television broadcaster, is a two time recipient of the Achievement in Radio award. His previous radio stops include Indianapolis, Virginia Beach, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.