Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg, who introduced both radio and video generations of Bostonians to the hottest platters that matter, has died. He was 93.
From his start at WBOS in 1956 through his move to WMEX to his role in starting up both Kiss-108 and then V66, Ginsburg influenced the pop and rock scene in Boston. And he was, the Music Museum of New England reminds us, the man who introduced "Louie, Louie" to America. Also:
Ginsburg’s Friday night Record Hops at the Surf Ballroom at Nantasket Beach, where he introduced Frankie Avalon, Gene Pitney and local garage acts like the Rockin’ Ramrods to Massachusetts audiences, remain fond memories for numerous New England rock ‘n’ roll fans.
Ginsburg recalls how he got his nickname:
Ginsburg retired in 1986 and moved to Maine. Ginsburg's husband, Carlos Alberto Vega, remembers him:
Arnie´s first love was radio. By the age of eight, Arnie had built his own short-wave radio. Arnie had originally no intention of being a disc jockey. He imagined himself as a technician and a producer, not an on-air broadcaster. He didn't think his voice had the timbre of the classic radio announcer.