Remembering Wolfman Jack

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.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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