WBKO-TV Founder Dies at 95

Joseph M. Walters died Friday.

Joe and the late George Brown founded WBKO-TV in 1962.

Back then it was called WLTV, the letters standing for "wonderful live television."

Joe was a native of Franklin, Tennessee, and a longtime radio enthusiast.

His sister, Nellie, was married to George Brown, and was our business manager for decades.

Joe Walters was 95.

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  • by Rheanna Location: Bowling Green on May 1, 2010 at 01:16 PM
    Thanks so much for the story on Mr. Walters. I was sad to see that he only had a one-line obituary in the paper; however, he had a very full life. He was a kind man who loved to play with my son while at church.
  • by Homer Simpson Location: Moes on Apr 30, 2010 at 06:54 PM
    I remember this guy, it is truly a sad day indeed, I watched 13 a lot growing up, I remember all the great shows of the time, he did a lot of good for the community. He will be missed.
  • by Chuck Location: Bowling Green on Apr 30, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    Joe Walters was a true innovator ahead of his time. Few people would have attempted a local television station in such a small market without a network affiliation, yet he pulled it off. Later, he built his own microwave system from Nashville to Bowling Green in order to interconnect with the ABC television network. Bowling Green enjoys local television service today largely due to his efforts.
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