Arnie Ginsburg
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Arnie Ginsburg

Disk Jockey
Male
Born Aug 5, 1926
Age 87

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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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Arnie Ginsburg.

CHILDHOOD

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

THIRTIES

1956 30 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 32 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 ("Disk Jockey Says," 1960, 1). … Read More
1959 33 Years Old According to Billboard magazine, by 1959, he was making an annual salary of $10,000 ("WMEX Pay-for-Play," 1960, 18), an amount higher than the median American income at that time. … Read More
1960 34 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 35 Years Old …  The "Cruisin' 1961" disc featured Arnie Ginsburg. (Popson, 1970, E3), … Read More

FORTIES

1970 44 Years Old Later, in 1970, he went on to become the general manager of WBCN. … Read More
1972 46 Years Old By 1972, Ginsburg was working on the AM side again, as the General Manager of WWEL.
1975 49 Years Old In 1975, he was hired by WMEX to do a Saturday night oldies show for four hours (McCabe, 1975, 33).

FIFTIES

1979 53 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" (Hull, 1982, 1).
1985 59 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. (See also, "Ginsburg Gets into Video," 1984, 16) The venture proved very costly, however, and the station was put up for sale in 1986 (Siegel, 1986, 35). … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2008 82 Years Old In 2008, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. … Read More
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