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Wolfman Jack - Howling radio disc jockey who was the announcer for the Friday night music program THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL/NBC/1973-81.

Deejay Wolfman Jack

The Wolfman (actually Brooklyn born Robert Weston Smith) learned his trade by working at a number of radio stations. One day in 1960 he took a job south of Del Rio, Texas in the Mexican border town of Via Cuncio at station XERF.

Unfettered by the regulation of American stations, he laid the ground work for his now famous radio persona, aka "The Wolfman," an out of control deejay who howled and growled over the airwaves of a 250,000 watt radio station that broke through the night to entertain truckers, and teenagers all over North America.

As described in the "Encyclopedia of Culture" (HarperPerennial, 1992), the Wolfman was "an outlaw voice in the night...invisible, untouchable, and with all the taboo thrill of rock and roll."

Wolfman later came to the attention of all Americans when director George Lucas cast him to play himself in the movie American Graffiti (1973) about teenage life in the 1950s.

On July 1, 1995 Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack at his Belvedere, North Carolina home. Before his death he was promoting his autobiography "Have Mercy: The Confession of the Original Rock 'n' Roll Animal" (Warner Books, 1995).


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