One of radios most distinctive voices, Wolfman Jack
was born Robert Smith in Brooklyn, New York on January 21, 1938.
A longtime fan of radio, Smith first hit the airwaves as Daddy
Jules on Newport News, Virginia station WYOU-AM. In 1962,
Smith became Big Smith for station KCIJ/ Shreveport,
Louisiana. Here, he drew upon his love of horror movies and rock
and roll to create the raspy-voiced, howling persona of Wolfman
In the mid 1960s, the Wolfman crossed the border to Mexico and
joined the 250,000-watt powerhouse XERF-AM. Thanks to XERF and later
XERB-AM, the Wolfman reached most of the southwestern United States
while selling everything from coffins to inspirational literature.
In 1969, the Wolfman returned to America and KDAY/Los Angeles.
The following year, he began an association with Armed Forces Radio
that would last until 1986. In 1972, he moved back to his hometown
and joined WNBC/New York.
For all of his fame, many of Wolfman Jacks fans had never
seen him until 1973, when he appeared in George Lucas hit
film American Graffiti and began an eight-year stint as host
of NBC-TVs Midnight Special.
Wolfman Jack died on July 1, 1995.
"Wolfman Jack" was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame
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