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Veteran Broadcaster Bos Johnson Dies


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Longtime WSAZ-TV news anchor and director Bos Johnson has died.
     The television station announced Johnson's death in a statement posted on its website Sunday night. The statement didn't provide details or Johnson's age.
     Johnson retired in 2005 following a 53-year career in journalism. He worked at WSAZ-TV for 24 years before leaving the station in 1976.
     Johnson also served as an associate professor at Marshall University and a senior consultant for Charles Ryan Associates, a Charleston based public relations firm.
     During his career, he covered events such as the Marshall plane crash and the Silver Bridge collapse.
     In 2006, Johnson was inducted into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

    Bos Johnson also served as a member of the Educational Broadcasting Authority
Board of Directors.  The board room here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting
is named after him and his portrait hangs on the wall there.  

"Bos was one of the most influential people in growing West Virginia Public Broadcasting,” Finn said. “Thanks to the work of him and others like him, we became a truly statewide TV and radio network. Our deepest sympathies to his family.”

He is survived by his wife, Dottie, and five children.

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