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A Profile of Radio Personality Wolfman Jack


WNBC-AM Publicity Photo with Soupy Sales, Don Imus, Howard Stern and Wolfman Jack

WNBC-AM Publicity Photo with Soupy Sales, Don Imus, Howard Stern and Wolfman Jack

Photo: WNBC-AM/New York
Born: Brooklyn, New York, January 31,1938.

Died: July 1, 1995 at age 57.

Personal: Real name: Robert Weston Smith, dropped out of high school in his mid-teens. Was married to Elizabeth "Lou" Lamb Smith. Two children: Todd Weston Smith and Joy Renee Smith.

Radio: While still a teenager, Smith spent time at WNJR-AM in New Jersey to learn what he could about Radio.

When he was almost 21, he left home and wound up in Alexandria, Virginia where he lived with his sister for two years. There he attended the National Academy of Broadcasting in Washington, D.C. where he obtained his F.C.C. engineering license.

1960: Smith's first job was at WYOU-AM in Newport News, Virigina where he renamed himself "Daddy Jules".

1962: Began working at legendary XERF - a 250,000 watt monster station just over the border into Mexico which covered all of North America.

Sometime later, Wolfman Jack moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and ran a small Radio and continued to send tapes to XERB.

1966: He and a partner opened their own Radio station on Sunset Strip which did well until 1971.

Afterward, Wolfman took a low-paying job at KDAY but also began hosting "Midnight Special", which aired on NBC from1972 to 1981.

Later he worked on WNBC-AM, New York.

By the mid-1990s, Wolfman Jack was hosting a syndicated program on WXTR-FM, "Live from Planet Hollywood".

In 1995 he published his autobiography and after completing a publicity tour for it, suddenly died of a heart attack at his home in Belividere, North Carolina.

Claims To Fame:

  • Featured in the song, "Clap for the Wolfman" by the "Guess Who". LISTEN IN REALAUDIO
  • Ku Klux Klan burned crosses on his lawn when he lived in Louisiana and hosted racially mixed dances.
  • Played himself in the movie, "American Graffiti".
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