'Midnight Special's Wolfman Jack: The DJ Who Howled

By Rebeka Knott
Wolfman Jack on 'Midnight Special,' late '70s. (Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

A radio DJ born in Brooklyn, Wolfman Jack was a wildman of the airwaves whose famous gravelly voice and high-energy antics made him one of the most famous disc jockeys of all time. In his prime radio years, Wolfman Jack was a national DJ, broadcasting from a station with the most powerful signal in North America; his show could be heard in Los Angeles, New York, and everywhere in between. While most radio DJs, even very successful ones, remain disembodied voices to their listeners, Wolfman Jack managed to get out from behind the microphone, becoming a TV personality (on Midnight Special) and an occasional movie actor (in American Graffiti and other films).