Back when I was a kid with a transistor radio under my pillow, I dreamed of being one of those voices that appeared magically from…somewhere. I could name every DJ in every timeslot on each of the three Top 40 radio stations in Winnipeg, CKY, CKRC and CFRW. As I got deeper into radio and began to learn the names of other DJs at other stations, one of the first people I heard about was Robert Smith, otherwise known as Wolfman Jack.
I first heard of the Wolfman must have been when he hosted The Midnight Special, a pre-SNL late-night music show. Or maybe it was his appearance in American Graffiti.
This may sound a little cheesy today, but this is how the best AM radio sounded in 1973.
And before you ask, yes, the Guess Who song “Clap for the Wolfman” was about him.