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RIP Vinny Testa, Publisher of 'DJ Times,' 'The Music & Sound Retailer' & More

Vincent P. Testa, the founder of multiple trade publications and president of Testa Communications, passed away Monday, April 19. The cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 76.

Known to everyone in the industry as Vinny, Testa began his long career in the music world as a musician, songwriter and producer. From peddling his original songs to Manhattan’s legendary Brill Building to producing and engineering for seminal 1960s rock acts like Vanilla Fudge and Iron Butterfly, Testa made his mark in New York’s studio-recording scene. Then, after starting a series of recording-studio schools, he turned his attention to the trade-publishing game.

In 1984, Testa started the Long Island-based media company Testa Communications and kicked off a new career buying, selling and founding a variety of industry publications. They include ProSound News, Sound Arts Magazine, Music & Sound Output, Modern Recording, Home Entertainment, Post Magazine, Producer Magazine and Band & Orchestra Product News. Current titles include Sound & Communications, The Music & Sound Retailer and DJ Times. Testa was also a pioneer in video news coverage for trade shows and conventions, having launched the ConventionTV brand decades ago.

In 1990, along with DJ Times, Testa founded DJ Expo, a market-defining exhibition and trade show. It remains the DJ industry’s longest-running and most-successful event.

Vinny Testa is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maria, three daughters, seven grandchildren, a sister and a brother.

Vinny is also survived by the many past and present employees of Testa Communications, who were influenced by his passion, integrity and energy.

Contributions would be greatly appreciated in Vinny’s memory to https://act.alz.org.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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