Terry James "TJ" Lubinsky (born March 24, 1972) is primarily a Pittsburgh radio host. However, he is also executive producer/director of many PBS pledge-drive programs. His pleasantly plump appearance endears him to millions of viewers of all the oldies-format music programs airing periodically on the network.
Lubinsky was born in Bradley Beach, New Jersey. His grandfather, Herman Lubinsky, Sr., founded Savoy Records in Newark, and introduced acts that would be influential in modern popular music (Doo-Wop, Motown, disco and Top 40). Lubinsky, Sr., also founded and operated New Jersey's first radio station WNJ. His uncle, "Buzzy", was also a well-known club disc jockey in New Jersey. At 16, TJ obtained his General Equivalency Diploma and accepted his first television job at Monmouth Cable TV-34 in New Jersey, where he learned his craft for television production. He worked on different news, studio, and sport remotes that served 31 towns, boroughs and municipalities along the Jersey Shore.
When he turned 22, Lubinsky was offered a job to work for PBS in South Florida, eventually becoming promoted and relocating to Pittsburgh, often considered the mecca of oldies music. Taking advantage of that fact, he blended his passion for Doo-Wop, Motown, classic Philly Soul and '60s Rock and Roll oldies into PBS's most successful fundraisers as the creator and executive producer of "Doo-Wop '50", and over 30 national television specials from PBS which archive America's soundtrack from the '50s, '60s and '70s through his "My Music" series. Lubinsky was notable for producing the 2005 "Stereo Motown Box Set."
Lubinsky is also one of the executive producers of The Very Best Of The Ed Sullivan Show seen on public television.
He is also notable for bringing to U.S. television several episodes of Doctor Who that were never before screened in the United States. In 2003-2005, he also archived and restored several introductions made for the American broadcast of Doctor Who episodes from the Tom Baker era, with voice-overs by Howard Da Silva. These were included on the BBC DVD releases.
For much of his time on WJRZ-FM, Lubinsky enjoyed the highest ratings 12+, and 35-54 demographic during his four years as host and DJ on the WJRZ Sunday Night Request Show, where he hosted five live hours by request through 2009, when the station flipped formats to Adult Contemporary.
Many artists and singers have lauded Lubinsky for his talent at driving membership at PBS and his own passion for oldies music.
Lubinsky is married, and lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
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