WEB UPDATE: Bohannon to broadcast from GW

Posted Friday, Sept. 30, 3:15 p.m. Radio host Jim Bohannon, whose “Jim Bohannon Show” is syndicated to about 400 stations nationwide, will broadcast his program live from WRGW’s studio in the basement of the Marvin Center Friday night.

Bohannon’s show will air live from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The special edition is the result of talks between GW Vice President for Communication Michael Freedman and Bart Tessler, vice president of network news and talk programming for Westwood One, the country’s largest radio network. Tessler is a GW alumnus and a colleague of Freedman, a former CBS Radio News general manager.

“We’re very pleased with the idea,” Freedman said. “We’ve been talking actively about doing this for three years, and finally Bart and I had a lunch about two months ago and decided to lock down a date.”

Freedman described Bohannon’s show as “one of the last of the general talk radio shows,” saying that Bohannon does not have a political agenda. In 1993, Bohannon’s show took over the nighttime slot formerly held by Larry King’s program.

Freedman said WRGW students, along with a Westwood One engineer, would work behind the scenes to help broadcast the show. Bohannon will invite students on the air, and free food will be provided at the event, Freedman said.

Bohannon usually broadcasts his show from his CBS studio, at 2020 M St.

“He’s a terrific guy, and I know Jim is looking forward to being on campus,” Freedman said. “I understand he’s also going to meet with students before show begins.”

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