John “Turbo” Shatesky
01/25/1980 – 07/28/2023
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Turbo was exposed to great music from The Beatles, Hendrix, The Stones and others at a very young age. That early music awareness grew into the passion for rock and heavy metal that Turbo so passionately displayed through his entire life.
His dedication to rock and metal music drove Turbo in his work behind the mic and on camera. Along with being the co-founder of Bullspike Radio™, Turbo hosted his own radio show called “The Asylum” which presented a heavy metal playlist and interviews with today’s top rock and metal performers.
He also spread the word about the music he loved by promoting shows, writing reviews and creating PR material for rock and metal bands.
Along with his work supporting the metal community, Turbo was recognized for his freelance video work and direction. Many of Turbo’s productions over the years have been featured on the MDA Labor Day Telethon where millions of viewers learned about the stories of children with neuromuscular diseases and their families.
Turbo faced every day with spinal muscle atrophy which is one of the neuromuscular diseases MDA is researching treatments for. Television viewers have watched Turbo grow up through his annual appearances on the MDA Telethon. His support for the work of MDA motivated him to create Rock Against Dystrophy with his brother Jay Scorpion. It was just one more way Turbo supported the rock and metal community.
When he was not at work on one of his many projects, Turbo was heavy into the NY Rangers, watching pro-wrestling and checking out the latest movies.