John H. Garabedian is an American radio personality and disc jockey born on December 20, 1941. He is best known as the host of Open House Party. He has been involved in Massachusetts radio and television stations for over fifty years. Garabedian currently lives in Southborough, Massachusetts, and owns 2 other homes in the New England vicinity.
Early life and work
At the age of 17, Garabedian 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, Garabedian was a program director at WMEX/1510, and worked with well-known Boston-area disc jockey Arnie "Woo-Woo" Ginsburg.
In 1969, Garabedian 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).
Later years (1980s–present)
Four years after MTV's 1981 debut, Garabedian 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 HSN. There has been a documentary made, "Life On The V: The Story Of V66" to explain the long story behind the channel's life.
Garabedian is also the President of the Cape Area Pilots Association (CAPA). The Cape Area Pilots Association was formed in 1995 to further the interests of Cape Cod area aviation, promote flying safety, establish strong support for local aviation interests, and provide annual scholarships for local aviation students.
Garabedian was also the founder of Superadio Networks and RadioCraft. In 2009, Garabedian sold Superadio to Access One Communications, and re-emerged with his own distribution company, RadioCraft. Garabedian not only was the creator of the syndicated Open House Party, but also created the weekday syndicated night show Romeo's Playhouse in 2005 (now known as the Party Playhouse with Jackson Blue). In 2009, Garabedian and current WBQT (FM) afternoon DJ Jackson Blue launched a 4-hour weekly program titled Celebrity Top 10 Countdown. Garabedian owned all three programs through Superadio Networks. In 2008, current WXKS (Kiss 108) afternoon DJ Romeo, stepped down as the host of Romeo's Playhouse and Jackson Blue took over as the host and the name was changed to the current Party Playhouse. After launching and selling Superadio Networks, and creating RadioCraft to self-distribute his 3 shows, in 2012 Garabedian sold Open House Party, Party Playhouse and Celebrity Top 10 Countdown to United Stations Radio Networks. Garabedian still owns the 3 programs through a contract and RadioCraft was phased out when the shows were sold in 2012. Superadio Networks is still running, but is a division of Access One Communications.
18 years after the start of V66, in 2003, Garabedian 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, Garabedian returned to radio. In 1987, Garabedian restarted 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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