TJ Lubinsky

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Terry James "TJ" Lubinsky

(Doo-wop music promoter
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)


Born March 24, 1972
Bradley Beach
Monmouth County
New Jersey

Resident of suburban Pittsburgh

Spouse Wendy Lawton Lubinsky

Three children

Religion Jewish[1]

Terry James Lubinsky, known as TJ Lubinsky (born March 24, 1972),[1] is a radio host and a doo wop music promoter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the president and chief executive office of his TJL Productions and the director and on-air fundraising producer for Public Broadcasting Service station WXEL in south Florida.[2] Lubinsky resides with his wife, the former Wendy Lawton (born April 23, 1970),[3] in nearby Gibsonia in Allegheny County.

Lubinsky is the youngest of four children of the former Ellen Blair, and Herman "Dink" Lubinsky, Jr. (1940-2014), a native of Newark, New Jersey. His sioblings are entrepreneur Ricky Allen Lubinsky, homemaker, Laurie Lubinsky-Meyer, and David Herman Lubinsky. Like his son TJ, Herman, Jr., had a great interest in doo wop and rhythm and blues music. Growing up in Newark and then moving to another New Jersey city, Bradley Beach, he became a fan of the legendary disc jockey, Alan Freed, whom he visited in New York City at the Brooklyn Paramount, and the New York Paramount theatres. Herman worked for his namesake father, Herman, Sr., at The Savoy, located beneath the family recording studios in Newark. Savoy Records hosted such luminaries as Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. The Lubinskys launched the first radio station in New Jersey, WNJ, located in the attic of their Newark home. Lubinsky, Jr., subsequently owned and operated Springwood Electronics in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and Grannies Attic, a vintage furniture store, and T.J. Specialties, a boutique electronics and vacuum tube business, both in Bradley Beach. Herman, Jr., was a music consultant for his youngest son, TJ, who was born in Bradley Beach. TJ has worked to preserve for future generations the music of the 1950s, the 1960s, and the 1970s through albums, tapes, and public television specials.[4]TJ Lubinsky recalled his father' determination. Herman, Jr., told his son,:"'There is an exception to every rule', and you are that exception. Never accept 'no' as a final answer for something you believe in." Later, TJ recalled that while producing the television programs that reunite the old groups, "I was always amazed how every performer loved him and how they laughed together, he was loved by so many people that knew him."[4] Lubinsky, Jr., resided in Pine Township in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh at the time of his death at the age of seventy-four from a four-year battle with lung cancer.[4]

In 1988, at the age of eighteen, Lubinsky obtained a general equivalency diploma from Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey.[2] He began working in the music arena thereafter. He is an executive producer of updated episodes of CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971), but he is better known for his PBS fund-raising musical productions, the most recent was a Doo Wop Generations program early in 2018.


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Terry Lubinsky. Mylife.com. Retrieved on April 26, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 TJ Lubinsky. Facebook. Retrieved on April 26, 2018.
  3. Wendy Lubinsky. Mylife.com. Retrieved on April 26, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Herman Lubinsky, Jr. obituary. The Pittsburg Post-Gazette (January 2, 2015). Retrieved on April 26, 2018.