Robert Weston Smith first signed on to the frequencies of planet Earth on this day in 1938. Smith was better known by his alter ego, Wolfman Jack, the outlaw radio DJ of the Mexican deserts. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Wolfman blasted rock ‘n’ roll tunes at top volume from a 250,000-watt station in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. Smith morphed his moniker from the hipster use of the word Jack, as in “Hit the road, Jack” and his love of horror movies, particularly the Wolfman. The Mexican station was so powerful it could be heard from New York to Los Angeles and made the Wolfman’s growls and howls a subculture phenomenon. It was the Catholics who ended Wolfman’s invasion of American airspace. Mexican, predominately Catholic, grew weary of American evangelists who filled the daytime airwaves while the Wolfman slumbered in his cave. With the big church money gone, the station let Wolfman go, but he returned, selling tapes of his old broadcast as the first syndicated rock and roll radio show. Wolfman let loose his final howl in 1995 when he died of a heart attack in his driveway at age 57.