Bosley Joins WOIO-TV, Keeps Y103 Morning Show"
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- IT is history, Catherine Bosley believes. Now reporting for WOIO-TV in Cleveland, Bosley is "reclaiming some of my own identity and finally putting IT behind me," she says. "The big thing about IT was the claim that I couldn't do my job anymore. This assures me I can. I made that mistake, I went through hell, but I still can be a pretty decent reporter."IT, for those who just awoke from an 18-month sleep, is Bosley's naked dance two years ago at a Key West bar. When pictures reached the Mahoning Valley via the Internet, she resigned her position as morning anchor at WKBN-TV, Youngstown's CBS affiliate, and began pursuing legal challenges to stop the images from being sold. She won that case, then sued WFMJ-TV, Youngstown's NBC affiliate, and two of its employees for allegedly copying and circulating the pictures. WOIO Channel 19 hired Bosley as a part-time reporter two weeks ago. She continues to co-host WYFM's Y103 Morning Show -- which goes on the air weekdays at 6 a.m. With the commute from Boardman to Cleveland, "It makes for a long day," she says, "but the day flies. I get out of bed a little bit before 4, get back home by 7:30 or 8 at night. It cuts into my running time a bit, but it's worth it -- it makes me smile."Also smiling are the decision-makers at WOIO whose hiring of Bosley comes just in time for May ratings. Channel 19 is known for its lightning look and pace, and sexed-up content. During the February ratings period its star anchor, Sharon Reed, recounted Bosley's plight in a five-minute report. Like Bosley, Reed gained national notoriety for taking her clothes off, in her case for a first-person report in which she joined hundreds as they disrobed for an art photograph last June in downtown Cleveland. Reed's story on the event wasn't broadcast until the November 2004 ratings period - and it resulted in the highest ratings in WOIO history.Reed's story about Bosley was widely seen as a possible prelude to her hiring. But according to this morning's edition of the Plain Dealer, the news director of WOIO, Steve Doerr, "dismissed speculation that Channel 19 is looking for notoriety as the naked anchors stations. 'Anyone who says that is a dope. People need to grow up. These are professionals,' " Doerr was quoted as tellling the newspaper.Bosley says Doerr wants people to know she was hired for her reporting talent, and while her employment status is "free-lance," she's on the schedule for the foreseeable future.So far, Bosley's assignments have been mostly school stories, neighborhood flaps and traffic tie-ups - not the sensational stuff ("Desperate Housewives in Cleveland Suburbs!") WOIO concocts to move what lines are left. "Everything is fast and fun," she says of the station's departure from typical newscasts in how pictures are framed and edited, and how reporters interact with their subjects. "There's more freedom in reporting," she relates. "You're free to just talk. It's more conversational. There aren't as many rules. You're speaking from a general Joe's point of view, not from a staunch reporter's point of view."Visit WOIO-TV at www.woio.comVisit WYFM-FM at www.y-103.com"
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