One Longtime Local Broadcaster Retires, Another Moves Up

WACO (October 3, 2013)—KWTX-TV General Manager Bob Bunch, 62, is retiring after a 45-year in radio and television broadcasting and will be succeeded by KBTX-TV General Manager Mike Wright, a Mexia native and Baylor University graduate, the two stations announced in a joint press release Thursday.

Wright, the son of longtime Mexia newspaper editor Bob Wright, will become vice president and general manager of KWTX and KBTX and will oversee daily operations in Waco while maintaining oversight of KBTX in Bryan.

Both stations are owned by Gray Television.

Bunch began his career as a radio announcer in Austin and went on to spend more than four decades in programming, sales and management in both radio and TV, the last 24 years in Central Texas.

“Bob Bunch has been a force in Texas broadcasting and Gray is fortunate to have enjoyed his stewardship of KWTX for the past decade,” said Hilton Howell, President and CEO of Gray Television.

Wright joined KBTX in 1991 and has served as general manager since 2003.

The Texas Association of Broadcasters recognized him as the 2013 Broadcaster of the Year.

“Mike is well-known as a leader in the broadcasting industry and has strong ties to Central Texas. His vision and passion for local television is a great fit for the legacy that KWTX enjoys and has worked hard to maintain for the past 60-plus years,” Howell said.