Top 5 Radio Personalities / Voices of All Time
There are some voices through the decades that have been known to radio listeners around the world. These are the voices people hear all the time and know them from radio either from commercials for shows or from the shows themselves. Take a look at the people behind those loved voices with these top 5 radio personalities / voices.
From New York originally, Wolfman Jack was a radio DJ starting in the early 1960s. He originally played on rock n roll stations but also had stops on country music stations as well as stops on Mexican stations. He ended up with Armed Forces Radio after he was banned from Mexican radio in 1971 after he was found to be “too wild” for the audience. He not only broadcast to the United States troops but his radio show was also carried by 53 different stations in syndication around the world. Wolfman Jack appeared mostly in syndication until he passed away on July 1st 1995 just after finishing an episode of his show and is buried in Belvedere in North Carolina in a family plot.
Born originally in Iowa, Larry moved to Idaho for his college years at Washington State University where he became a radio announcer to pick up some work in 1958. He moved to the Chicago area in 1960 and was hired by WCFL-AM and then later moved to WLS. He spent much of his career as the host of Animal Stories where he was known as Uncle Lar and had Tommy Edwards as his sidekick. He would tell humorous stories involving animals that originally came from his days at WCFL and would read farm-related magazines. Lujack originally retired in 1987 and moved to New Mexico but returned to air in Chicago from a studio in New Mexico. He was inducted to the Illinois Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the “National Associations of Broadcasters” Hall of Fame in 2008. Lujack died from Esophageal cancer in New Mexico in December of 2013.
Born in New York, he has become a major name as a “shock jock”. He started his radio life in 1976 around New York thanks to help from Boston University and did that until 1982. He then worked for WNBC in New York until he was fired from that station in 1985. Howard found a new job at WXRK and stayed there for over 20 years. He was syndicated in 1986 and was heard all over the world. He has won the “Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year” award by Billboard 8 years in a row with his show. He has also been fined by the FCC for nearly $2.5 Million for his content. He eventually left traditional based radio and signed with Sirius satellite radio for a 5 years deal in 2004 for nearly $500 million. His shows are often carried in simulcast on TV stations so you can watch his and his crew’s antics on TV as well listening to them on the radio.
Known as Don Imus or just plain Imus, he started on the radio in 1968 but after a few years got a role at KNBS in New York. He was actually fired from the station in 1977 but was hired back in 1979. Imus stayed with WNBC until it closed down in 1988 and his show was moved to WFAN. He went into syndication in 1993 and was heard all over the world. But in his style as a shock jock, he was fired in 2007 after some comments as part of a skit on his show concerning the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. Soon the televised broadcast of his show was canceled by MSNBC after numerous staff of the network complained as well. After the owners of his show at that point, Cumulus Media, said they were no longer going to pay him starting in January 2018, Imus ended the show completely. Imus passed away from Lung Disease on December 27, 2019.
Known not only for his talents on radio airwaves going back to 1970, but also his voice acting work on shows like Sesame Street, Transformers, and was the first voice of Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! cartoon series. He got started on radio in the 1940s covering high school basketball games for his high school in Detroit. He did professional radio work around the Flint Michigan area as an announcer for such radio shows like “The Lone Ranger” and “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon.” He eventually moved to California and while still announcing on the radio he also hosted dance party type shows on television. These locally aimed shows got him a job co-hosting “Shebang” with Dick Clark. In 1970 he created his own radio show “American Top 40” where he would countdown the top 40 radio hits of the day and also read dedications and stories from his audience. The show aired on several “Top 40” style stations until 1988. Kasem hosted the program again from 1998 until 2009. Kasem passed away in June of 2014 in Washington State after years of stories bouncing around he had been abused and taken advantage of by members of his family.