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Bud Paxson

Death: Jan 9, 2015

Birthplace: New York

Nationality: United States

Bud Paxson

Date of Death : Jan 9, 2015
Birth Place : New York

Lowell White "Bud" Paxson was an American media executive. In 1982, Paxson and his business partner, Roy Speer, co-founded the Home Shopping Club. He later established Pax TV in 1998, a television network focusing on family-friendly content. A native of Rochester, New York, Paxson began his career as an owner of WACK Radio, a little 500 watt radio station in the village of Newark, New York. His next attempt at media ownership was radio station WXYJ and TV station WNYP in Jamestown, New York; Paxson, who bought the stations in 1966, attempted to affiliate WNYP with the CTV Television Network out of Canada; by 1969, the TV station had failed. Paxson later emerged as the owner of a small AM radio station, WWQT, in Clearwater, Florida. There, in 1977, an advertiser had plenty of product to sell—avocado-green-colored can openers—but ran out of funds to purchase airtime. Paxson instructed talk-show host Bob Circosta, who had a talk show from noon until 3:00 PM, to sell the can openers live over the airwaves, and both men were stunned at the audience response. All 112 can openers were purchased within the hour on August 28, 1977. This started the Suncoast International Bargainers Club.

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