Talk:Wolfman Jack

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Untitled[edit]

He was great... Without Jack we'd have no Don Imus. 24.13.86.24 11:02, 19 May 2006 (UTC)

He was in the Battlestar Galactica movie as well, not just Galactica 1980. He didn't play himself though. I may be able to get a screen cap to prove it. Wierd, it's not listed on imdb.

Year of birth[edit]

I'm going to go with the Britannica & Find-a-grave on his year of birth. -- Michael David 12:57, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

His date of birth appears twice - but with two different dates. Was it 21 or 30 January 1939? Metamagician3000 14:24, 23 November 2006 (UTC)

North of the borders[edit]

Why doesn't this article acknowledge Wolfman Jack's brief stint on CBC Television? -- Denelson83 06:40, 11 November 2006 (UTC)

Midnight Special[edit]

I'm surprised to see no mention of Wolfman Jack on the 1970's music show "The Midnight Special". I'd not heard of him before that show. I'd edit this article but I don't know much more than that. It aired during the 1970s. I believe it was in the NBC timeslot later occupied by Saturday Night Live. --angrykeyboarder (a/k/a:Scott) 11:22, 21 November 2006 (UTC)


As a teenager of the 1960’s who came of age in a southern New Mexico town where the local radio stations closed up shop at something like 8:00 pm, the “border blasters” stations of Del Rio, TX with transmitters in Acuna, Mexico and XROK 80, of El Paso, TX with transmitters, in Juarez, Mexico were the only entertainment available to the youngsters of the era.

Reading the Wolfman Jack entry brought back so many fond memories of “Cruzin the main” of Las Cruces, NM listening to the “Wolfman Howl” reading dedications and playing all of the music that the locals would not play.

The “Wolfman” had the ability to talk to each of his listeners as if it were a personal conversation.

AM radio transmission being what they were in the 1960’s left much to be desired with the skip and fading of the signal, however, it seemed to add to the mystic of the “Wolfman”, and his counterpart in El Paso, TX who’s name was Steve Crosno.

I know that for the kids of the era, who resided in rural area of the southwest, the “Wolfman” was a dearly held memory of there childhood.

Death[edit]

Can anyone cite a source for this story of Wolfman hugging his wife one last time and dying in her arms? It seems like a rumour and I can't find anything official that supports it. 72.136.163.118 06:07, 13 March 2007 (UTC)

Nor can I. The IMDB is cited as a reference, but there is no citation there. It appears to be anecdotal. It should be removed or at least qualified. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.114.111.41 (talk) 19:20, 8 October 2008 (UTC)

Upright Citizens Brigade[edit]

The sketch comedy troop, "The Upright Citizens Brigade" included several references to Wolfman Jack in an episode of their television show (Comedy Central), circa 1999. I can't find the episode number. Anyone interested enough to dig up this information? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 71.90.229.129 (talk) 21:11, 12 May 2007 (UTC).

Removed minister citation[edit]

I removed the citation of him being a minister since the article that it cited in fact cited Wikipedia as the source. Luigi30 (Taλk) 01:52, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

Removed "last drink" story[edit]

Besides the fact that the following is in the first-person, I don't think this text belongs in an encyclopedia.

Wolfman Jack moved to Orlando, Florida in the mid 90's. On Interstate 4 and Hiway 192, Wolfman Jack purchased a club called, LITTLE DARLIN'S. He soon changed the name of the club to Wolfman Jack's. One night, Wolfman Jack walked across the street at the karaoke club called J.J. O'ROURKES, I was offered a job, working for him. I hosted the first show in this beautiful 650 seat restaurant/nightclub. Acts performing such as Johnny Thunder, Sha Na Na, Frankie Ford, The Coasters and various other 50's and 60's artists packed the house every night. The evening prior to his death, I was the last person to have a cocktail with the legendary disc jockey, in his own nightclub. How soon we forget of the good times that one has, with a great talent as Wolfman Jack.

Any body know where this passage came from?

--DLWormwood 17:44, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

Additional "Pop Culture" references[edit]

Don Williams' song "Good Ol' Boys Like Me" Eliza Gilkyson's song "The Beauty Way" (also in a cover version by Ray Wylie Hubbard)

81.103.229.113 16:00, 11 November 2007 (UTC)

Citations & References[edit]

See Wikipedia:Footnotes for an explanation of how to generate footnotes using the <ref(erences/)> tags Nhl4hamilton (talk) 07:01, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

Radio career missing[edit]

His radio career should be described. I only noticed mention of Radio Caroline, and the article implies that his material was not actually broadcast from that station. -- SEWilco (talk) 15:02, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

Note XERF-AM's mention of him. -- SEWilco (talk) 15:06, 14 February 2008 (UTC)
In early 1970s he was on 66WNBC AM, NY, NY with Don Imus and a newby Howard Stern.

Actually, almost his entire radio career is missing, and the reference to XERF is incorrect:

> XERF was also the original call sign for the border blaster station in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila in Mexico, which was branded as The Mighty 1090 in Hollywood, California. The station boasted "50,000 watts of Soul Power."

This is wrong. XERF (1570 AM) is in Cd. Acuña, but the station refered to as "The Mighty 1090" was XEPRS (1090 AM, Rosarito Beach, Baja Cfa.), which was originally known as XERB.

Wolfman worked at XERB from 1966 until 1972, when the station's Mexican owners decided to force him out. The XERB call letters were changed to XEPRS, and the station became known as "The Soul Express," then "The Mighty 1090."

According to actual Wolfman Jack recordings in the California Museum of Broadcast Arts (http://www.calradiomuseum.org), he was broadcasting on XERB at least by December 3, 1966. His last broadcast on the station -- which had, by then, become XEPRS -- was on the night of April 15, 1972.

After leaving XERB/XEPRS, Wolf subsequently worked at KDAY (1580 AM) in Santa Monica.

The Wolfman Jack/Richard Dreyfuss scenes inside the radio station in "American Graffiti" were filmed in the studios of KRE in Berkeley, Calif. The station is being refurbished as a broadcasting museum by the California Historical Radio Society, and the studio has been reconfigured to the layout in place when Wolfman's scenes were filmed. (See http://www.kremuseum.org for detail.)

BayRadioDJ (talk) 17:26, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

Well, gee. If you all have the sources for it, then please expand the article. Wildhartlivie (talk) 01:48, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

Why no mention of Wolfman Jack pretending to be black for all those years?[edit]

It is common knowledge, particularly among those of us who were fans of the Wolfman and alive during his reign, that he pretended to be African-American and tricked many of us for years. There was a big blow-out about it when the truth came out that he was a full-blooded Caucasian Jewish guy. Even in the movie American Grafitti, Wolfman was identified as a black DJ who couldn't get work because of his race (just watch the movie should you have doubts), yet this isn't even mentioned here. Seems like the article is white-washed if you ask me.12.25.109.98 (talk) 13:53, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

I don't believe he was Jewish. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:D:2700:11EF:225:FF:FE44:851D (talk) 07:34, 16 March 2015 (UTC)


I believe the OP is confusing rumour and fear with fact. To the best of my knowledge, the Wolfman never claimed to be black on-air; he was widely regarded/hoped/feared to be black (depending on the listener's age and political persuasion) because his voice sounded like a jazz musician's, he played tracks recorded by black musicians who weren't even trying to sound like something else, and he was irreverent and mysterious. I haven't found any evidence that Jack ever said "I'm black" to his audience. It's just something your parents were afraid of, and you hoped was true. (This is the situation that American Grafitti depicts. Watch it again. This factoid was included in the movie to convey how narrow, innocent, and credulous the time was.)

Anyone still confused might also consider that the Wolfman was also rumoured to be broadcasting from an airplane high over the US. (Don't they mention this in Grafitti as well? I haven't seen it in a few years.) No more credible -- and no more justified by the Wolfman's own claims -- than the "black" urban legend.

The worst that can be said about Jack in this matter (if taking a black on-air persona is actually bad) is that he did nothing to dispel spurious rumours. If he even knew about them.

You know, his real name wasn't Wolfman Jack, either. Laodah 17:01, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

Local Santa Fe KBOM Show in the 90s[edit]

In the 1990s Wolfman Jack was a DJ on the Santa Fe station KBOM 106.7. He was friends with another Santa Fe DJ, "Breakfast Brad" and that's how he ended up on the local station. His show ran for about one year I think. Does any one know more about this show he did? The radio station is defunct now. JoeD80 (talk) 02:36, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

Galactica 1980[edit]

What was so "notorious" about his appearance in Galactica 1980? I feel this phrasing is rather biased. --RedKnight (talk) 19:18, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

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Record Company[edit]

There must exist somewhere the history of (Wolfman Jack's) Robert Smith's record company in Los Angeles. Brent Seawell (Los Angeles musician) had a band with an arrangement with this record company. Rainbow-five (talk) 20:48, 25 July 2019 (UTC)