Writer/novelist Gary Ludwig, was born May 24, 1944 in Pennsylvania, USA into a family active in country music and motorsports. His mother was a country music singer, his father a steel guitarist, while other family members were competitors in Indianapolis 500 championship automobile racing for many years. After graduating from high school he left home to work on the state and county fair circuit, spending months meeting and working with carnies, roustabouts, clowns, and famous and not so famous entertainers. He befriended the aged and legendary strongman "The Mighty Atom", who taught him magic, feats of strength tricks and lessons about show business.
Ludwig began a career in radio in 1962, eventually working as a producer, news and sports writer, marketing manager, and an on-air country music disc jockey. Because of his resonant voice he was selected in high school to read the daily morning announcements on the public address system heard throughout the school. In the military he learned broadcasting skills when in 1969 the N. W. Ayer Advertising Agency, who had the lucrative volunteer army contract in the 1970s, requested he re-activate an army cable radio station and manage it. While holding that job he learned all aspects of broadcasting.
He went on to write, produce, and anchor syndicated radio sports segments as part of the group of affiliated radio station's news programs with on-the- air coverage from the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania to the New Jersey and Delaware seashores. Later while working in advertising, he served as a columnist for the weekly nationally circulated auto-racing tabloid Illustrated Speedway News based in New York, and founded a small regional magazine in central Pennsylvania featuring commentary and lifestyle articles.
He wrote a series of magazine articles about a famous 19th century Pennsylvania murder. Six men conspired to insure and then murder an old mountain man. When it was noticed that all six defendants had blue eyes, they became known as The Blue Eyed Six. Later the magazine articles were combined and published in booklet form. Ludwig appears in the Kreider Brothers produced documentary film about the crime.
He has worked as an on-air disk jockey, has produced entertainment, auto racing, and other sporting events while working with nationally and internationally known entertainment and sports personalities including retired NFL player Lenny Moore, famed song writer Bix Reichner, entertainers Roy Drusky, Joe Stampley, Jeanie Seely, Dee Dee Sharp, Dick Clark, Gene Pitney, Leona Williams, Moe Bandy, Margo Smith, Red Souvine, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Blue Ridge and Vicksburg Quartets, plus Grand Ole' Opry stars Skeeter Davis, Jack Greene, Bobby G. Rice,and Bill Anderson and others, along with numerous local and regional entertainers. He has held sales management and media relations executive positions in a variety of entertainment, sports, and business venues, and has performed advertising services for major accounts such has Hershey Entertainment, ACE Hardware and the US Department of Veteran's Affairs among others. He also performed on stage and in concerts, worked as a disk jockey and emcee in night clubs, at banquets, corportate meetings and conventions at various size venues, He has on occassion portrayed a costumed Pennsylvania Dutch comedy character.on stage.
He has written an account of 19th Century Pennsylvania murder The Blue Eyed Six, Originally published as a magazine series, it was later condensed into booklet form. He also appears in the documentary film about the crime.Ludwig's gritty crime and romance novel Mexico Road was published in 2006, followed by his fantasy novel The Angels and Demons of Hamlin in 2008. His best - selling biography of Indianapolis 500 auto-racing legend Tommy Hinnershitz was published in 2009. Other work includes the true-life crime book, The Death of Dr. Gilmore's Wife published in 2012.
He continues to write fiction and non-fiction and currently serves as CEO of Pennsylvania publisher Basket Road Press, Inc. He is married (40 years) to the former Beth Miller of Lebanon, PA, and the father of daughter Christine M. Martin, a daughter Marcia A. (deceased) and son John Kevin (deceased) and two grandchildren Elijah and Sadie Martin. He is a member of the American Legion, the National Writer's Union (AFL-CIO), the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Hershey (PA) Italian Lodge, and the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadephia.
His latest book titled Hillbilly DJ released in 2022 is about his career in Country Music and the entertainment industry.
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