Former WLKY-TV anchor John Boel, who was dismissed at his former station after a second DUI last year, auditioned for the co-anchor spot alongside Jean West for WAVE’s Sunrise show this week, according to multiple sources. Boel’s audition may be the worst-kept secret in town. Calls to WAVE officials have gone unanswered today.
Boel, whose book about his alcohol addiction and recovery has become a big seller locally, declined to comment on the audition today. “On the News, In the News” was published this fall by Butler Books.
Boel’s got a roomful of trophies for his work in local journalism, and much of it was accomplished during his time as an alcoholic. A few months back, he said, “If I did that well while I had that problem, imagine what I could do now?”
WAVE, which needs all the help it can get to bounce out of last place in most ratings periods, would gain a familiar face to viewers and a sober, hard-working journalist.