Arnie Ginsburg

Arnie Ginsburg

Born Aug 5, 1926

Arnie Ginsburg was a well-known American disc jockey in the Boston radio market from the mid-1950s to the 1970s. Following this period, he became involved in the business side of radio as a business manager, president and owner of WVJV-TV ("New Competitor," 1986, G9), and later as an executive with Pyramid Broadcasting and program manager of their Boston station WXKS/1430 (Hull, 1982, 1).… Read More

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1926 Birth Arnold William Ginsburg was born on August 5, 1926. … Read More


1956 29 Years Old Despite not having the traditional deep radio voice, Ginsburg developed an audience that wanted to hear more of him, and he moved to WBOS 1600 AM in 1956 to be a night-time disc jockey.


1958 31 Years Old It was at WBOS, a station that programmed foreign language shows during the daytime, that he developed his own on-air Top 40 show; this prepared him for his move to a full-time Boston Top 40 radio station, WMEX/1510, in 1958. … Read More
1959 32 Years Old According to Billboard magazine, by 1959, he was making an annual salary of $10,000, an amount higher than the median American income at that time. … Read More
1960 33 Years Old During the Payola scandal, Ginsburg was among a number of high-profile Boston disc jockeys (including Norm Prescott, Bob Clayton, and Joe Smith) called upon to testify before a congressional hearing in Washington DC in early 1960. … Read More
1961 34 Years Old …  The "Cruisin' 1961" disc featured Arnie Ginsburg. … Read More


1970 43 Years Old …  Later, in 1970, he went on to become the general manager of WBCN. … Read More
1972 45 Years Old By 1972, Ginsburg was working on the AM side again, as the General Manager of WWEL.
1973 46 Years Old In 1973 he joined Boston's largest station, WBZ, producing and hosting a Saturday-night oldies show with all his familiar gimmicks: noisemakers, silly puns, and kidding with the newscasters and weathermen.
1975 48 Years Old In 1975, Ginsburg was hired by WMEX to do a similar, Saturday-night series of four-hour shows. … Read More


1979 52 Years Old By 1979 he advanced to become partner of WXKS-FM "Kiss 108," and managed WXKS-AM when it changed format to "Music of Your Life."
1985 58 Years Old He also became co-owner, along with Boston radio personality John Garabedian, of V-66, Boston's video music channel, WVJV-TV, in 1985. … Read More


2008 81 Years Old In 2008, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. … Read More
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