Wolfman Jack at WNBC, 1970s
Making one of those rare memorable appearances where you actually hear the Wolfman say the station call letters, here’s the late, great Wolfman Jack, allegedly on his first show at WNBC New York!

By this time in Wolfman’s career, he was in great demand and making appearances at stations all over the country. If this IS indeed his ‘first’ show at WNBC, it was one that would last for quite a while, replaced by crosstown WABC Jock Cousin Bruce Morrow a few years later. (an interesting side note, “Battlestar Galactica 1980” would feature an episode where the Cylons befriend the Wolfman and get invited to ‘WNBC”‘s studios – because the Cylons needed a high powered transmitter to tell the Cylon fleet where Earth is so they can come and invade. Only, truth is, the clip is actually made in the sister FM studio (WYNY)!)

Watch the episode with Wolfman Jack… in parts)

By Steve West

Steve West is a 41 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve is the founder of Airchexx.com and Hitoldies.net - All the BIG Hits!

13 thoughts on “Wolfman Jack, 66 WNBC New York //First Show | August, 1973”
  1. WNBC the strongest NYC signal upstate almost local. Does anyone know how Imus and Wolfman did in thier individual dayparts verses WABC? I know mon-sun 12+ it was not even close, im curious if star power had any impact at all?

  2. This aircheck was actually from August of ’73. It’s interesting, on one hand you had Wolfman and Imus. And on the other hand you had Big Wilson in middays.

  3. Imus had great ratings (and better 18-49 demos than WABC). Wolf got killed by Cousin Brucie.

  4. “Killed”..I doubt it. Wolfman was quickly becoming a millionaire & this was just another gig. He spread himself thin, but NY loved all that old corny stuff, all the WABC jocks besides the afternoon guy were pretty lame and very old. Brucie was flat out bad.

  5. I agree with you about the corny factor, but let’s not overrate Wolfman. While there is quite a bit of excitement, and more dynamics than I expected, to this aircheck, Wolfman is hardly the antythesis of corny. Now, had the subject in question been someone like a Lary Lujack, then you could criticize New Yorkers for leaning on their nostalgic favorites. Plus, someone like a Walt Baby Love had much of the excitement of a Waolfman without all the gymicky stuff which got old in a hurry. That said, I remember being excited about his arrival and this aircheck holds up well.

  6. Mr. C: No room for doubt…Wolf got crushed by Brucie bad enough that it was over in a year…and WNBC replaced him with Brucie.

    That didn’t last long either, as most of Brucie’s fans stayed loyal to WABC.

  7. hi i just got the cd in the mail cant wait to listen wolfman sings or tries its called wolfman and the wolfpack order from grammercy.com thanks jb

  8. I started listening to the Wolfman when I was 11 (I’m 51 now). I heard him on his syndicated radio show. I really miss WNBC and “The Time Machine”.

  9. Another thing. I got a copy of his book “Have Mercy!” in either late ’96 or early ’97. I highly recommend it.

  10. Check out “Brother Louie” at 8:00. When it came out in ’73, I could’ve sworn it was an African-American woman doing the vocals. Not much later on, however, I learned it was a white man (namely Ian Lloyd).

  11. At 12:41, “Little Darlin” segued into a WNBC “Crocodile Rock” jingle. Seems to me “Crocodile Rock” could be described as a psychedelic version of “Little Darlin”. Sir Elton himself said it had elements of that, plus Neil Sedaka’s “Oh, Carol” and some other stuff.

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