KWTX founder, Waco businessman "Buddy" Bostick dies at 98

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) M.N. “Buddy” Bostick, who served in WWII and put KWTX-TV on the air in 1955, has died at St. Catherine Center in Waco. He was 98.

Bostick was born May 18th, 1918 in Liberty Hill, east of Moody. He graduated from Moody High School and then attended Baylor University, graduating in 1939.

In college, Bostick started working at WACO Radio.

He met his wife, Virginia Muller at Baylor. After their graduation, Bostick worked in radio in Memphis, Little Rock, and then Dallas, before entering the U.S. Army.

He was a part of the Army Air Corps, and was trained to fly the P51 Mustang before the war ended. Bostick later purchased a P51 as his private plane.

After returning from the war, Bostick managed a radio station in Waco before obtaining a license to put KWTX-TV, Channel 10 on the air in 1955. He added KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station two years later. He would go on to launch KNAL radio in Victoria, KWTX-FM in Waco, KXII-TV in Sherman-Dennison, and KLFY-TV in Lafayette. All three Texas television stations started by Bostick are now owned by Gray Television Inc.

“On behalf of the entire Gray Television family, of which KWTX, KBTX and KXII are a part, we extend our most heartfelt condolences to his family and many friends”, said Hilton H. Howell Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of Gray Television Inc. “His legacy continues at each of the stations he worked so hard to grow and develop and his accomplishments have, and will continue to serve as an inspiration for our entire company and the broadcast industry itself.”

Bostick and a partner bought a controlling interest in Bellmead State Bank 1976, changing the name to American Bank. He built the iconic “Round Bank” building on American Plaza in Waco.

“He was a driving force during his time as Chairman demanding strong processes and well-thought-out action plans”, American Bank President and CEO David Hicks said in a statement. “We have all learned so much from Mr. Bostick and will miss his presence at the bank.”