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.