Magazine article Variety

Paxson Started Home Shopping Network

Magazine article Variety

Paxson Started Home Shopping Network

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Lowell (Bud) Paxson, the co-creator of Home Shopping Network who later amassed a trove of TV stations and launched the family-friendly network Pax TV, died Jan. 9 in Montana. He was 79.

Paxson was in his 20s when, after graduating from Syracuse U., he acquired a small radio station, WACK, in upstate Newark, N.Y. He later owned a radio station in Clearwater, Fla., where an advertiser gave him 118 can openers as payment. Paxson told the station's on-air personalities to hawk the can openers on air, and they quickly sold out.

Paxson and business partner Roy Speer launched what became known as Home Shopping Network in 1982, and the concept of over-the-air shopping quickly took off.

In the 1990s, after departing Home Shopping Network, Paxson began buying TV and radio stations, becoming one of the largest owners in the country. …

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