Each hour of the program actually runs for 55 minutes, starting at five past the hour. (The first five minutes of the hour make up what we call in the business a 'news hole,' space for your radio station to air a network or local newscast.) The next 100 seconds belong to your local station for weather, traffic, commercials, promotional or public service announcements and station identification. Jim Bohannon Show content begins at :06:40 past the hour. Content ends at :58:20 past the hour, and your local station gets the final 100 seconds of the hour to do with what they will, including another station ID.
During program content we take four commercial breaks. Three of the breaks are called "floating" breaks, which can be taken whenever the host would like to take them (within designated time windows, so your local station knows what to expect). The floating breaks happen at approximately :16, :42, and :52 past the hour. The breaks at :16 and :52 contain three minutes of network commercials. The break at :42 contains two minutes of network commercials plus one minute of time for your station to add local commercials. Some stations air our show using an automation system, so you'll also hear little tones that trigger those automation systems to take a particular action. Because of the tones, the :42 break is three minutes two seconds in length.
The final break is a fixed break; that is, it must be taken EXACTLY on time. You've heard Jim talk about this, reminding guests and callers alike that "this break doesn't move!" It doesn't: the network computer in New York City takes control at exactly :28:50 past the hour, whether we like it or not. That break runs three minutes 12 seconds, including more of those automation tones, and it belongs entirely to your local station. You'll hear station identification and local commercials during that time. Some stations will drop a short newscast into the space. The network operations center feeds public service announcements during most local commercial time to fill the space that your station doesn't fill with local content.
The final segment of Hour Three of the show is one our favorites: Jim's feature "The Offbeat." It's exactly what it says it is-a look at something just a bit off the beaten track. "The Offbeat" ends each night's show, so if it's after 12:55 am Eastern Time and you hear that come on, you might as well hang up the phone: we're about ready to wrap up for the night with a chuckle and a hearty "See you next time!"