'Open House Party' Host John Garabedian Signing Off Syndicated Radio Show
December 29, 2016 at 9:51 AM (PT)
BOSTON radio legend JOHN GARABEDIAN is leeaving his gig as host of the nationally syndicated "Open House Party" after 30 years at the end of JANUARY, according to the BOSTON HERALD. The show, which aired SATURDAY nights, was carried on 175 radio stations in the U.S. and CANADA in its heyday.
“It’s the longest job I’ve ever had in my life and it’s been awesome,” said GARABEDIAN. “But 30 years is enough. I want to do the next thing. I’m a serial entrepreneur.”
GARABEDIAN launched the first local BOSTON music channel, V66, in 1985, building "Open House Party" into a radio phenomenon, hosting the biggest pop stars of the day. He currently owns four radio stations on the CAPE.
GARABEDIAN sold "Open House Party" to the UNITED STATIONS radio network four years ago but part of the agreement was that he would continue to host the show — which airs from 7p to MIDNIGHT on SATURDAYS — for the next four years. The deal runs out this week, but GARABEDIAN will remain until the end of next month as they search for his replacement.
"Open House Party" began on WXKS (KISS 108)/BOSTON back in 1987 under the legendary programmer SUNNY JO WHITE. GARABEDIAN hosted the show from his home studios in SOUTHBORO, VT, with a celebrity guest every week. The show takes requests and interacted with its audience long before the Internet.
GARABEDCIAN recently released “The Harmony Of Parts,” a book about his career, his encounters with everyone from THE BEATLES to JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, and his love affairs — with both men and women. The self-made mogul owns a fleet of planes that deliver talent to his homes every weekend.
GARABEDIAN insists radio still has a future, but believes it will be in the "digital realm," which is where he'll mount his next venture.