Wolfman Jack

Brooklyn's Bob Smith (1938-1995) became the legendary Wolfman Jack in 1965.

Wolfman Jack

Wolfman Jack was a famous disc jockey in America who was renowned for his gravelly voice and engaging personality. Jack, who was born as Bob Smith, was inspired to become a skillful DJ from a young age. He began working on his career by enrolling in the Academy of Broadcasting in Washington D.C and supported his studies through door-to-door salesmanship.

Subsequently, he received an opportunity to work at WYOU in Newport News, Jersey where he conducted three shows, each with a different persona and genre.

His ability to entertain the crowd through interesting alter egos, soon won him the adulation of the crowd.

It was only in 1963 that Smith decided to create the memorable Wolfman Jack character. He was known for his mashup of rowdy rock, charismatic deliveries, along with some rhythm and blues. A segment titled “The Wolfman Jack Show”, was broadcast from a popular Mexican station known as XERF.
Wolfman Jack was an immediate hit through his winning personality, which spurred him on to expand his performance on the sub-radio station of XERF, known as XERB.

In 1970, however, the Mexican government decided that Wolfman Jack was making too much money and seen as a threat to the economy. The government decided to take control of both radio stations, which caused Wolfman to be out of a job.

A few years later, Wolfman Jack was back in the airwaves once more as he received deals from NBC to co-host the Midnight Special. His biggest success arose when he started his own distribution company, becoming the first DJ to sell his recorded tapes around the nation.

Sadly, Jack passed away in 1995 from a sudden heart attack but his classic recordings are still fondly remembered, and they continue to be distributed around the world as a testament to the talents of the radio legend.

Wolfman Jack with Richard Dreyfuss in American Graffiti, 1973

Wolfman Jack on XERF AM 1570, the Mexican  Border Blaster Radio Station

Clap for the Wolfman – The Guess Who, 1974

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