The man who started KXII-TV Channel 12 has died. Milford Nelson “Buddy” Bostick, 99, died a week ago at St. Catherine Center in Waco.


Before becoming a leader in broadcasting, he was a trained fighter pilot in World War II and a radio announcer. He then became a banker, according to an announcement on KXII’s website.


In 1995, he obtained a license for the KWTX-TV, channel 10 to serve the Waco area. He then added KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station in 1957 and then he added KNAL radio in Victoria, KWTX-FM radio, KXII-TV and KLFY-TV in Lafayette, Louisiana.


In an article in 2012, The Waco Tribune said Mr. Bostick’s station made national news when it became the first station to broadcast a murder trial live from the courtroom. The article said at the height of Mr. Bostick’s career, he oversaw a $370 million empire.


“I and everyone at Gray Television are greatly saddened by the passing of M.N. ‘Buddy’ Bostick. Buddy was a wonderful man and distinguished businessman throughout the state of Texas and beyond,” Hilton H. Howell Jr., chairman and president of Gray Television, Inc., said in the article on KXII’s website.


Mr. Bostick was born May 18, 1918 east of Moody, in the Liberty Hill community in McLennan County. He graduated from Moody High School and graduated from Baylor University in 1939. He married Virginia Muller than same year. He joined the Army Air Corps and trained as a fighter pilot shortly before the war ended.