Remembering Bill Maddox: Longtime anchor dies at 81

Remembering Bill Maddox: Longtime anchor dies at 81

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Longtime Lubbock news anchor Bill Maddox died Tuesday at age 81. Most of his career was at KAMC.

KAMC reports Maddox was from Tucumcari, New Mexico. In 1964 he started anchoring news for KLBK, where he worked for four years, before departing to KSEL-TV, which is now KAMC. 

In Jeff Klotzman's master's thesis (page 44 at this link) on the history of McAlister Broadcasting, Maddox said R.B. McAlister offered him a sizable raise to leave the established KLBK to work at upstart KSEL. Colleagues A.C. Wimberly and Don Moore also walked "across the street", helping convince Maddox to take the jump on an relative unknown, beginning a decades-long run at channel 28. The TV station made it to air in November 1968.

In addition to news anchor, early on at the station Maddox was also sales manager. He even occasionally appeared on Lew Dee's Saturday Night Theatre on KSEL.

Maddox anchored at KAMC for many years, then anchored the morning news at KLBK until his retirement in 2013. 

"He was just a mentor," former FOX34 anchor/news director Jeff Klotzman said. "I don't think I could've been a news anchor if it hadn't been for Bill Maddox." Klotzman worked alongside Maddox in various roles for several years at KAMC. Watch more of Jeff's memories of Maddox in the video below.

 

Maddox enjoyed doing ministry on the side when he was not busy with the news, according to KAMC's report Wednesday. His book was dedicated above-all to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Service times are not available at this time. 

 

 

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