In this week’s issue… Premature reports of the death of a Boston legend – Big cuts at Boston’s WBUR – Montreal enjoys a new WKND – Remembering Jim Sands
By SCOTT FYBUSH
*The news rocketed around the online radio-sphere over the weekend: “Woo-Woo is gone!”
It didn’t need much more than that one name – Arnie “Woo-Woo” Ginsburg has been one of the most enduring voices of Boston top-40 radio, spanning its entire history from the early years of WBOS and WMEX through to WRKO and Kiss 108.
And, thankfully, it turned out not to be true: after initial reports of his demise started spreading on Saturday, the corrections soon followed: Ginsburg, 93, is indeed gravely ill and likely “in his last days,” according to his partner – but still alive as we get this delayed issue of NERW out to you.
The local Maine website that initially carried his obituary first corrected the story, then pulled the article entirely, but not before it began showing up in several trade publications and was widely circulated by email.
When the time comes – and we hope it’s not right away – we’ll present a full remembrance of the influence this scrawny kid from Brookline with the weird voice had on the development of top-40 radio, not just on the air but behind the scenes as well. For now, though, we join with the New England broadcast community in wishing Woo-Woo well.
We have a great lineup of podcasts here on our site. While you’re catching up with your summer reading, don’t forget about your summer listening. Now is the time to make sure you’re up to date with Top of the Tower.
Our latest one features Donna Halper discussing her life in radio, from her time at WMMS when she helped Rush get US airplay, to what she learned from Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg.
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