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As a DJ, he played a rowdy combination of Rock and Rhythm and Blues, and his trademark raspy voice conveyed an unending sense of mischief.

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    The importance of music to radio programming is obvious, but from the perspective of Old Time Radio, the importance of radio to music is less so. This is partially due to the limitations of recording technology. During the first several decades of the radio era, the phonograph players and the relatively low fidelity of radio receivers meant that music over the radio was not as satisfying as it could have been. It also meant that most music had to be broadcast live, which could be a complicated feat, especially for the small studios of local stations.

    Wolman JackRock and Roll, however, was almost ideal for radio, and radio helped to spread the influence of Rock somewhat rapidly. Early Rock hits were usually made up of one or two guitars, a bass, drums, and a singer, so low fidelity was less of a problem, and the networks were putting their programming emphasis on Television, freeing up more airtime for Rock Music and, especially, Rock and Roll personalities. Rock quickly developed a reputation as the music of rebellion. To paraphrase the 1953 film The Wild One, "What are you rebelling against?", "What do you got?"

    This attitude of youthful rebellion came less from the music and more from the on-air personas of the DJs promoting Rock. The King of the late-night Rock and Roll troublemakers was the immortal Wolfman Jack.

    "The Wolfman" was born Robert Smith in Brooklyn, New York, 1938. His father was a Sunday school teacher and editor of Financial World who would leave his wife and kids when little Bob was just a child. Recognizing that there were many temptations for young Bob on the streets of Flatbush, the elder Smith bought his son a huge Zenith Trans-Oceanic radio set to help keep him out of trouble. Bob used the set to tune in distant stations and developed a love for Rhythm and Blues music and an admiration for the disk jockeys who played it on the late-night stations, including "Jocko" Henderson of Philadelphia, New York's "Dr. Jive" (Tommy Smalls), the "Moon Dog" from Cleveland, Alan Freed, and Nashville's "John R." Richbourg.

    When Bob was sixteen, the most notorious of these DJs, Alan Freed, staged a series of Rock and Roll shows at the Paramount Theater (Freed claimed to have invented the term "Rock and Roll" to describe the music). Hoping to meet his hero, Bob stationed himself outside Paramount stage door, and not only did he attract Freed's attention, he was hired as a "gofer" at the Paramount.

    Although he had dropped out of high school, Smith decided to pursue a broadcasting career and attended the National Academy of Broadcasting in Washington D.C. He supported himself as a door-to-door encyclopedia and Fuller Brush salesman during the day, and although a high school dropout, finished at the top of his class. His first job after leaving the school in 1960 was at WYOU in Newport News, Virginia, using the persona of "Daddy Jules". When the station adopted a Beautiful Music format, he became "Roger Gordon and Music in Good Taste". Moving on to KCIJ in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1962, he became "Big Smith with the Records" and began developing the Wolfman Jack character. He also met and married Lucy "Lou" Lamb, to whom he would be married for the rest of his life.

    "Wolfman" was a tribute to Smith's enthusiasm for horror movies as well as to Chicago bluesman Howlin' Wolf Burnett, and Jack was a play on late '50's hipster slang ("Hit the road, Jack"). He began working at a club located in an old Quonset hut on the edge of town called The Tub where he hosted weekly mixed-race teenage dance parties. After the local chapter of the KKK twice burnt crosses on his lawn, the family decided to leave Louisiana.

    "Border Blaster" XERF AM's broadcast facilities were located in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas. Pumping out 250,000 watts of power (U.S. "clear channel" stations were limited to 50,000 watts), XERF had been the station of early radio preachers and patent medicine salesmen. It was claimed that a driver could tune the station on his car radio before leaving Seattle and never lose the station until he arrived in New York. Young Bob Smith had no trouble picking up "the Big X" on his old Trans-Oceanic, and he was convinced that as Wolfman Jack he would be able to "sell anything" on the air.

    Wolfman JackThe power of the border station meant that everyone in the U.S. could, potentially, hear the Wolfman, and thanks to his on-air antics, once they began listening they were unlikely to tune him out. He played a rowdy combination of Rock and Rhythm and Blues, and his trademark raspy voice conveyed an unending sense of mischief. His shows became a combination of long-form infomercial pitching anything from dog food to sexual-enhancement pills ("Put some zing in your Ling nuts!") and rowdy party complete with "crank phone calls" and encouraging his fans, "Everybody get naked!". The fun seemed to come to an end in 1970 when the government of Catholic Mexico shut down XERF (mostly to keep their citizens from being bothered by fundamentalist Protestant preacher who used the station). Wolfman was out of a job in Mexico, but he was ready to conquer "Estados Unidos" over the next few years.

    The Wolfman had to take a pay cut to be hired by KDAY Los Angeles, but he was able to supplement his income by selling tapes of his border blasting antics to other stations. In 1972, NBC-TV tapped him to co-host The Midnight Special music series and budding director George Lucas featured him in his award-winning American Graffiti (1973). His screen time was limited to a short scene, but his voice-overs helped to tie the film together and in appreciation, Lucas gave him a fraction of a "point" in the royalties. The film was a surprise hit and guaranteed Smith and his family an income for life.

    After publishing his autobiography, Have Mercy!: Confessions of the Original Rock 'N' Roll Animal in 1995, he embarked on a twenty-day tour to promote the book. On July 1, he made what would be his last broadcast from the Hard Rock Café in Washington D.C., before returning home to Belvidere, North Carolina. According to a family spokesman; "He walked up the driveway, went inside the house and hugged his wife. Then he just fell down and was dead". He was 57.

    See also:  Alan Freed ShowAlan Freed Rock n Roll Dance PartyAirchecks from Great Radio Stations, Vintage Airchecks from Great Radio Stations, and DJ Madness.

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    He was that rowdy combination, with a deep soul and giving heart

    George Verified Purchase

    You failed to mention Wolfman Jack was lured away from XERF to work at XERB in 1966. How in the world could you leave out this very important information since it was the biggest decision of his career? I recorded him at XERB in 1966 including him on the air at the transmitter a week before he officially began working on the air August 1, 1966. He was at XERB until at least 1971.

    Pat Maestro

    I just finished the book he wrote just before his death, "Have Mercy!" Absolutely enjoyable and an excellent representation of him as he shows through in every sentence. Everyone who enjoyed him back in the day should read it.

    Robert Verified Purchase

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    88 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 6 hours, 26 min
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      88 shows - total playtime 6 hours 26 minutes
      1. The Night Wolfman Died 950701 Krla.mp3
      2. Todd Rundrgen Something.mp3
      3. Wolfman Jack -88 KEYN.mp3
      4. Wolfman Jack 01 Rare Xerf.mp3
      5. Wolfman Jack 01 Wpgc.mp3
      6. Wolfman Jack 01on Wnbc.mp3
      7. Wolfman Jack 02 On Wnbc.mp3
      8. Wolfman Jack 02 Rare Xerf.mp3
      9. Wolfman Jack 02 Wpgc Night.mp3
      10. Wolfman Jack 03 On Wnbc.mp3
      11. Wolfman Jack 04 On Wnbc.mp3
      12. Wolfman Jack 560 Ksfo.mp3
      13. Wolfman Jack 6704dd 01 Xerb Classic Phone Bit.mp3
      14. Wolfman Jack 6704dd 02 Xerb Wolf On Phone.mp3
      15. Wolfman Jack 73 Wbz Gets Naked.mp3
      16. Wolfman Jack 740913 Wdgy Minn Spt.mp3
      17. Wolfman Jack 75 Kxly Spokane.mp3
      18. Wolfman Jack 800923 Ending News.mp3
      19. Wolfman Jack 82 Kfxm.mp3
      20. Wolfman Jack 84 01 Wgr.mp3
      21. Wolfman Jack 84 02 Wgr.mp3
      22. Wolfman Jack 84 Kaar In Wa..mp3
      23. Wolfman Jack 88 Keyn.mp3
      24. Wolfman Jack Afrn.mp3
      25. Wolfman Jack American Graffiti Booker T Platters Only You.mp3
      26. Wolfman Jack Amon Duul Ii Utopia.mp3
      27. Wolfman Jack Back To 60s.mp3
      28. Wolfman Jack Beatles Spiritual Regeneration Dedic Maharishi.mp3
      29. Wolfman Jack Borden Commercial Wcbsfm 101.mp3
      30. Wolfman Jack Buddy Holly Thatll Be Day.mp3
      31. Wolfman Jack Buster Brown Fanny Mae.mp3
      32. Wolfman Jack Classic Radio 50s 60s Radio.mp3
      33. Wolfman Jack Coasters Charley Brown.mp3
      34. Wolfman Jack Comedy Chokers Wild.mp3
      35. Wolfman Jack Comedy Conan Librarian.mp3
      36. Wolfman Jack Comedy Days Of Out Wives.mp3
      37. Wolfman Jack Comedy Moose Call.mp3
      38. Wolfman Jack Comedy Trillionth Word.mp3
      39. Wolfman Jack Cover Of Rollingstone.mp3
      40. Wolfman Jack Days Of Wives.mp3
      41. Wolfman Jack Dialing For Dollars.mp3
      42. Wolfman Jack Drag Race Commercial.mp3
      43. Wolfman Jack Flash Cadillac Continental Kidsdid Yo.mp3
      44. Wolfman Jack Fun103.mp3
      45. Wolfman Jack Guess Who Clap For Wolfman.mp3
      46. Wolfman Jack Happy New Year.mp3
      47. Wolfman Jack I Aint Never Seen White Man.mp3
      48. Wolfman Jack Jingle.mp3
      49. Wolfman Jack Joy103.mp3
      50. Wolfman Jack Kcbq 10q..mp3
      51. Wolfman Jack Kday 1 .mp3
      52. Wolfman Jack Kday 2.mp3
      53. Wolfman Jack Kday Radio Show.mp3
      54. Wolfman Jack Kgtr.mp3
      55. Wolfman Jack Kqak.mp3
      56. Wolfman Jack Ksos.mp3
      57. Wolfman Jack Monotones Book Of Love.mp3
      58. Wolfman Jack Newb103.mp3
      59. Wolfman Jack Oldies Radio Show 1991 1 Of 6.mp3
      60. Wolfman Jack On Wnbc .mp3
      61. Wolfman Jack On Wror Goldengreat 98.mp3
      62. Wolfman Jack On Wsm.mp3
      63. Wolfman Jack On Xerb 1969.mp3
      64. Wolfman Jack Onfun103.mp3
      65. Wolfman Jack Radio Good.mp3
      66. Wolfman Jack Regents Barbara Anne.mp3
      67. Wolfman Jack Side 1 Only Al.mp3
      68. Wolfman Jack Side 2 Only A.mp3
      69. Wolfman Jack Stampeders Hit Road Jack.mp3
      70. Wolfman Jack Survey.mp3
      71. Wolfman Jack Todd Rundgren Somethinganything.mp3
      72. Wolfman Jack Wnex.mp3
      73. Wolfman Jack Wrqk.mp3
      74. Wolfman Jack Wwtc Tag 1.mp3
      75. Wolfman Jack Wwtc Tag 2.mp3
      76. Wolfman Jack Xerb 1 .mp3
      77. Wolfman Jack Xerb 1970.mp3
      78. Wolfman Jack Xerb 1[69].mp3
      79. Wolfman Jack Xerb Call.mp3
      80. Wolfman Jack Xerb Jingle.mp3
      81. Wolfman Jack Xerb Phones 2 6970.mp3
      82. Wolfman Jack Xerb Phones 3 6970.mp3
      83. Wolfman Jack Xerb Phones 3 Rare 196970.mp3
      84. Wolfman Jack Xerb Windup Wolfman Intro.mp3
      85. Wolfman Jack Xerf Famous Chick Com.mp3
      86. Wolfman Jack Xerf.mp3
      87. Wolfman Jack Xprs.mp3
      88. Wolfman_Jack_on_XERB_1969.mp3
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    88 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 6 hours, 26 min
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      88 shows - total playtime 6 hours 26 minutes
      1. The Night Wolfman Died 950701 Krla.mp3
      2. Todd Rundrgen Something.mp3
      3. Wolfman Jack -88 KEYN.mp3
      4. Wolfman Jack 01 Rare Xerf.mp3
      5. Wolfman Jack 01 Wpgc.mp3
      6. Wolfman Jack 01on Wnbc.mp3
      7. Wolfman Jack 02 On Wnbc.mp3
      8. Wolfman Jack 02 Rare Xerf.mp3
      9. Wolfman Jack 02 Wpgc Night.mp3
      10. Wolfman Jack 03 On Wnbc.mp3
      11. Wolfman Jack 04 On Wnbc.mp3
      12. Wolfman Jack 560 Ksfo.mp3
      13. Wolfman Jack 6704dd 01 Xerb Classic Phone Bit.mp3
      14. Wolfman Jack 6704dd 02 Xerb Wolf On Phone.mp3
      15. Wolfman Jack 73 Wbz Gets Naked.mp3
      16. Wolfman Jack 740913 Wdgy Minn Spt.mp3
      17. Wolfman Jack 75 Kxly Spokane.mp3
      18. Wolfman Jack 800923 Ending News.mp3
      19. Wolfman Jack 82 Kfxm.mp3
      20. Wolfman Jack 84 01 Wgr.mp3
      21. Wolfman Jack 84 02 Wgr.mp3
      22. Wolfman Jack 84 Kaar In Wa..mp3
      23. Wolfman Jack 88 Keyn.mp3
      24. Wolfman Jack Afrn.mp3
      25. Wolfman Jack American Graffiti Booker T Platters Only You.mp3
      26. Wolfman Jack Amon Duul Ii Utopia.mp3
      27. Wolfman Jack Back To 60s.mp3
      28. Wolfman Jack Beatles Spiritual Regeneration Dedic Maharishi.mp3
      29. Wolfman Jack Borden Commercial Wcbsfm 101.mp3
      30. Wolfman Jack Buddy Holly Thatll Be Day.mp3
      31. Wolfman Jack Buster Brown Fanny Mae.mp3
      32. Wolfman Jack Classic Radio 50s 60s Radio.mp3
      33. Wolfman Jack Coasters Charley Brown.mp3
      34. Wolfman Jack Comedy Chokers Wild.mp3
      35. Wolfman Jack Comedy Conan Librarian.mp3
      36. Wolfman Jack Comedy Days Of Out Wives.mp3
      37. Wolfman Jack Comedy Moose Call.mp3
      38. Wolfman Jack Comedy Trillionth Word.mp3
      39. Wolfman Jack Cover Of Rollingstone.mp3
      40. Wolfman Jack Days Of Wives.mp3
      41. Wolfman Jack Dialing For Dollars.mp3
      42. Wolfman Jack Drag Race Commercial.mp3
      43. Wolfman Jack Flash Cadillac Continental Kidsdid Yo.mp3
      44. Wolfman Jack Fun103.mp3
      45. Wolfman Jack Guess Who Clap For Wolfman.mp3
      46. Wolfman Jack Happy New Year.mp3
      47. Wolfman Jack I Aint Never Seen White Man.mp3
      48. Wolfman Jack Jingle.mp3
      49. Wolfman Jack Joy103.mp3
      50. Wolfman Jack Kcbq 10q..mp3
      51. Wolfman Jack Kday 1 .mp3
      52. Wolfman Jack Kday 2.mp3
      53. Wolfman Jack Kday Radio Show.mp3
      54. Wolfman Jack Kgtr.mp3
      55. Wolfman Jack Kqak.mp3
      56. Wolfman Jack Ksos.mp3
      57. Wolfman Jack Monotones Book Of Love.mp3
      58. Wolfman Jack Newb103.mp3
      59. Wolfman Jack Oldies Radio Show 1991 1 Of 6.mp3
      60. Wolfman Jack On Wnbc .mp3
      61. Wolfman Jack On Wror Goldengreat 98.mp3
      62. Wolfman Jack On Wsm.mp3
      63. Wolfman Jack On Xerb 1969.mp3
      64. Wolfman Jack Onfun103.mp3
      65. Wolfman Jack Radio Good.mp3
      66. Wolfman Jack Regents Barbara Anne.mp3
      67. Wolfman Jack Side 1 Only Al.mp3
      68. Wolfman Jack Side 2 Only A.mp3
      69. Wolfman Jack Stampeders Hit Road Jack.mp3
      70. Wolfman Jack Survey.mp3
      71. Wolfman Jack Todd Rundgren Somethinganything.mp3
      72. Wolfman Jack Wnex.mp3
      73. Wolfman Jack Wrqk.mp3
      74. Wolfman Jack Wwtc Tag 1.mp3
      75. Wolfman Jack Wwtc Tag 2.mp3
      76. Wolfman Jack Xerb 1 .mp3
      77. Wolfman Jack Xerb 1970.mp3
      78. Wolfman Jack Xerb 1[69].mp3
      79. Wolfman Jack Xerb Call.mp3
      80. Wolfman Jack Xerb Jingle.mp3
      81. Wolfman Jack Xerb Phones 2 6970.mp3
      82. Wolfman Jack Xerb Phones 3 6970.mp3
      83. Wolfman Jack Xerb Phones 3 Rare 196970.mp3
      84. Wolfman Jack Xerb Windup Wolfman Intro.mp3
      85. Wolfman Jack Xerf Famous Chick Com.mp3
      86. Wolfman Jack Xerf.mp3
      87. Wolfman Jack Xprs.mp3
      88. Wolfman_Jack_on_XERB_1969.mp3
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    88 recordings on 7 Audio CDs
    total playtime 6 hours, 26 min

    Wolfman Jack Disc A001

    1. Todd Rundrgen Something
    2. Wolfman Jack -88 KEYN
    3. Wolfman Jack 01 Rare Xerf
    4. Wolfman Jack 01 Wpgc
    5. Wolfman Jack 01on Wnbc
    6. Wolfman Jack 02 On Wnbc
    7. Wolfman Jack 02 Rare Xerf
    8. Wolfman Jack 02 Wpgc Night
    9. Wolfman Jack 03 On Wnbc
    10. Wolfman Jack 04 On Wnbc
    11. Wolfman Jack 560 Ksfo
    12. Wolfman Jack 6704dd 01 Xerb Classic Phone Bit
    13. Wolfman Jack 6704dd 02 Xerb Wolf On Phone
    14. Wolfman Jack 73 Wbz Gets Naked

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    Wolfman Jack Disc A002

    1. Wolfman Jack 75 Kxly Spokane
    2. Wolfman Jack 82 Kfxm
    3. Wolfman Jack 84 01 Wgr
    4. Wolfman Jack 84 02 Wgr
    5. Wolfman Jack 84 Kaar In Wa.
    6. Wolfman Jack 88 Keyn

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    Wolfman Jack Disc A003

    1. Wolfman Jack Afrn
    2. Wolfman Jack American Graffiti Booker T Platters Only You
    3. Wolfman Jack Amon Duul Ii Utopia
    4. Wolfman Jack Back To 60s
    5. Wolfman Jack Beatles Spiritual Regeneration Dedic Maharishi
    6. Wolfman Jack Borden Commercial Wcbsfm 101
    7. Wolfman Jack Buddy Holly Thatll Be Day
    8. Wolfman Jack Buster Brown Fanny Mae
    9. Wolfman Jack Classic Radio 50s 60s Radio
    10. Wolfman Jack Coasters Charley Brown
    11. Wolfman Jack Comedy Chokers Wild
    12. Wolfman Jack Comedy Conan Librarian
    13. Wolfman Jack Comedy Days Of Out Wives
    14. Wolfman Jack Comedy Moose Call
    15. Wolfman Jack Comedy Trillionth Word
    16. Wolfman Jack Cover Of Rollingstone
    17. Wolfman Jack Days Of Wives
    18. Wolfman Jack Dialing For Dollars
    19. Wolfman Jack Drag Race Commercial
    20. Wolfman Jack Flash Cadillac Continental Kidsdid Yo
    21. Wolfman Jack Fun103
    22. Wolfman Jack Guess Who Clap For Wolfman
    23. Wolfman Jack Happy New Year
    24. Wolfman Jack I Aint Never Seen White Man
    25. Wolfman Jack Jingle
    26. Wolfman Jack Joy103
    27. Wolfman Jack Kcbq 10q.
    28. Wolfman Jack Kday 1
    29. Wolfman Jack Kday 2
    30. Wolfman Jack Kday Radio Show
    31. Wolfman Jack Kgtr
    32. Wolfman Jack Kqak
    33. Wolfman Jack Ksos
    34. Wolfman Jack Monotones Book Of Love
    35. Wolfman Jack Newb103

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    Wolfman Jack Disc A004

    1. Wolfman Jack Oldies Radio Show 1991 1 Of 6
    2. Wolfman Jack On Wnbc
    3. Wolfman Jack On Wror Goldengreat 98
    4. Wolfman Jack On Wsm
    5. Wolfman Jack On Xerb 1969
    6. Wolfman Jack Onfun103
    7. Wolfman Jack Radio Good
    8. Wolfman Jack Regents Barbara Anne
    9. Wolfman Jack Side 1 Only Al

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    Wolfman Jack Disc A005

    1. Wolfman Jack Side 2 Only A
    2. Wolfman Jack Stampeders Hit Road Jack
    3. Wolfman Jack Survey
    4. Wolfman Jack Todd Rundgren Somethinganything
    5. Wolfman Jack Wnex
    6. Wolfman Jack Wrqk
    7. Wolfman Jack Wwtc Tag 1
    8. Wolfman Jack Wwtc Tag 2
    9. Wolfman Jack Xerb 1
    10. Wolfman Jack Xerb 1970

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    Wolfman Jack Disc A006

    1. Wolfman Jack Xerb 1[69]
    2. Wolfman Jack Xerb Call
    3. Wolfman Jack Xerb Jingle
    4. Wolfman Jack Xerb Phones 2 6970
    5. Wolfman Jack Xerb Phones 3 6970
    6. Wolfman Jack Xerb Phones 3 Rare 196970
    7. Wolfman Jack Xerb Windup Wolfman Intro
    8. Wolfman Jack Xerf Famous Chick Com
    9. Wolfman Jack Xerf
    10. Wolfman Jack Xprs
    11. Wolfman_Jack_on_XERB_1969

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    Wolfman Jack Disc A007

    1. Wolfman Jack 740913 Wdgy Minn Spt
    2. Wolfman Jack 800923 Ending News
    3. The Night Wolfman Died 950701 Krla

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