The Hofstra community is saddened to learn of the death of John Bohannon, host for the past fifteen years of The Jazz Cafe on WRHU, Hofstra’s award winning radio station.
A seasoned professional with almost forty years of broadcasting experience—as well as a passion for jazz and for the radio medium—John was a natural mentor for students who were considering a career in broadcasting. The breadth and depth of his experience also served him well. Although John spent most of his career as a network radio news anchor—with long stints at the ABC, CBS, and NBC radio networks—he also had a substantial amount of on-air experience at local AM radio stations.
John is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Barbara Bohannon, PhD, retired associate provost for accreditation and outcomes assessment and associate professor emeritus of mathematics, HCLAS; and by his son, Adam Bohannon (BA HCLAS).
A memorial service is planned for the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in John’s memory to the Jazz Foundation of America.