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John H. Garabedian is an American radio personality and disc jockey, known as the host of Open House Party. He has been involved in Massachusetts radio and television stations for around fifty years. John lives in Southborough, Massachusetts.
At the age of 17, John joined Worcester station WORC as a disc jockey. Several years after joining, he became a co-host of the original Open House Party radio program, which was a weekday show at that time. By 1971, John was a program director at WMEX/1510, and worked with well-known Boston-area disc jockey Arnie "Woo-Woo" Ginsburg.
In 1969, John and partners founded WGTR/1060 (now WQOM) as a top-40 station serving MetroWest from Natick. About a decade later, he and his partners would add a second station, broadcasting from Nantucket, WGTF-FM (which eventually became the current WEII).
In the period around 1975, Garabedian was an afternoon DJ on the legendary WBCN in Boston.
Four years after MTV's 1981 debut, John and his aforementioned fellow WMEX alumnus Arnie Ginsburg started a Boston-area 24-hour music video station, WVJV-TV (now WUTF-TV). Their station, known by its nickname, "V66", mirrored MTV's early all-video format and lasted until 1986, when WVJV phased out videos and was sold to the Home Shopping Network.
18 years after the start of V66, in 2003, John would found his second music and youth-oriented television station, XY.tv. The channel found distributors, but ceased operations in 2006.
Following the end of his first television venture, John returned to radio. In 1987, John revived the Open House Party show as a Saturday and Sunday evening, all-request program on Boston station WXKS-FM. Over the next twenty years, the program grew into a nationally syndicated show, broadcast on over 150 stations in the United States.
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