‘Buddy’ Bostick Founder Several Texas Stations Dies at 99

By Kevin Eck 

Milford Nelson “Buddy” Bostick died last week at the age of 99.

Bostick obtained the license for KWTX in Waco in 1955. He added KBTX in Bryan-College Station in 1957 before adding KXII in Sherman-Denison and KLFY in Lafayette, La. All the stations except KLFY are now owned by Gray TV.

“I and everyone at Gray Television are greatly saddened by the passing of M.N. “Buddy” Bostick,” said Hilton H. Howell Jr., Chairman, president and CEO of Gray Television Inc. “Buddy was a wonderful man and distinguished businessman throughout the state of Texas and beyond.”


“Personally, he was an inspiration to me in many ways,” said Howell. “When we first began building Gray Television it was Buddy I came to to get his advice and counsel on building a great broadcasting business. His legacy as a pioneering broadcaster is known far and wide.”

Here’s an interesting story about Bostick from the KXII website:

After working as a radio announcer in Memphis, Tenn., Little Rock, Ark., and then in Dallas, Buddy entered the United States Army. He became a part of the Army Air Corps and eventually trained as a fighter pilot. He was ready to fly the P51 Mustang into battle just as the war ended. He later purchased a P51 from the Canadian Air Force, refitted it as a private plane with a passenger seat, and had a joyous era flying and showing off his plane to anyone who might be interested — and there were many.