Bill Mack Smith Jr. (June 4, 1929 – July 31, 2020) was an American nation music songwriter, singer, and radio host.
Bill Mack Smith III (“Billy”) has adopted in his father’s footsteps and has his personal radio present with 92.1 Hank FM in Fort Worth, Texas.
Bill Mack lived in Fort Worth, Texas, along with his spouse, Cynthia. They had three kids – Misty Dawn, Billy Mack III, and Sunday Renee. They had a number of grandchildren. Bill Mack had a daughter named Debbie from a earlier marriage.
In 2000, Mack gained the media class award given by the Grand Ole Opry. He was named to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame in 1982.
In the nation music trade, Mack was additionally a songwriter. His best-known music is “Blue,” certainly one of LeAnn Rimes’ largest hits. The music gained Mack the Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1997. Mack additionally wrote “Drinking Champagne,” which has been recorded by quite a few artists. The music was a success for Cal Smith in 1968, and once more for George Strait in 1990 on his album Livin’ It Up. Some of his different songs have been recorded by Dean Martin, Ray Price, Jerry Lee Lewis and George Jones.
Mack was succeeded on his WBAP present by Eric Harley, and the present has since been renamed the Midnight Radio Network.
Mack left WBAP to affix XM Satellite Radio on its Open Road channel (XM 171). Two of the opposite major personalities on Open Road, Dave Nemo and Dale “The Truckin’ Bozo” Sommers, have been Mack’s major opponents earlier than all three left their AM radio stations to affix XM. Mack’s radio program was heard weekdays on XM channel 13 from 12 Noon to three PM Eastern, and rebroadcast from Midnight to three AM Eastern. On April 29, 2011, Mack introduced that Sirius/XM had terminated his contract to make room for a merger of two of the channels The Roadhouse and Willie’s Place into one channel and that this was his last present.
In addition, Mack hosted the syndicated radio present Country Crossroads, heard on greater than 800 stations throughout the nation, and the same cable tv present on FamilyNet. He additionally hosted the Overdrive Top Ten Countdown, a weekly one-hour nation music countdown geared towards truckers, in syndication.
Because of WBAP’s clear channel sign vary by way of skywave at night time, Mack’s present was heard over many of the continental United States. Mack started his present in 1969. He briefly took his present to Mexican “border blaster” station XERF, however returned to WBAP when an settlement for Mack to do his present from his Fort Worth dwelling fell by means of.
For a few years, Mack was finest generally known as the host of The Country Roads Show, (later U.S. 1 Trucking Show, and later nonetheless, Midnight Cowboy Trucking Show) the in a single day nation music present on WBAP, a transparent channel station in Fort Worth. Mack’s present catered primarily to truck drivers who traveled in the course of the late-night hours. Its opening theme music was an instrumental rendition of “Orange Blossom Special”, carried out by Felix Slatkin and his orchestra.
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