Bill Mack is a guitarist, songwriter, and radio host in American country music. He was born on June 4, 1932.
Mack has been best known for many years as the host of The Country Roads Show, (then U.S. 1 Trucking Show, and then still, Midnight Cowboy Trucking Show), the overnight country music program on WBAP, a clear channel station in Fort Worth. Mack’s series mostly catered for truck drivers who worked in the late-night hours. An instrumental version of Orange Blossom Special, performed by Felix Slatkin and his orchestra, was his opening theme song.
Bill Mack Age
He was 88 years old.
Bill Mack Career
Furthermore, Mack hosts Country Crossroads, a syndicated radio program, broadcast on over 800 stations around the country, and a related FamilyNet cable television series. In syndication, he also hosts the Overdrive Top Ten Countdown, a weekly countdown of one-hour country music targeted towards truckers.
Mack left WBAP to join XM Satellite Radio on their Open Road (XM 171) site. Two of the other leading Open Road figures, Dave Nemo and Dale “The Truckin’ Bozo” Sommers, were Mack’s biggest rivals until all three left their AM radio stations to join XM. Mack’s radio program was heard on XM channel 13 weekdays from 12 Noon till 3 PM Eastern, and retransmitted from Midnight till 3 AM Eastern. On April 29, 2011, Mack revealed that his deal to make room for a merger of two of the channels The Roadhouse and Willie’s Place into one channel was terminated by Sirius/XM and that this was his last show. Eric Harley succeeded Mack on his WBAP program, and the series has since been renamed the Midnight Radio Network.
For his WBAP show, Eric Harley replaced Mack, and the series was called the Midnight Radio Network afterward. Mack is also a songwriter in the country music industry. His best known single is “blue”, one of the biggest hits by LeAnn Rimes. In 1997 the album won Mack’s Grammy Award for Best Country Song. In addition, Mack wrote “Drinking Champagne,” captured by various artists. In 1968 the song became a success for Cal Smith, and again on his album Livin’ It Up for George Strait 1990. Dean Martin, Ray Price, Jerry Lee Lewis, and George Jones have all recorded some of his other hits.
Bill Mack Smith III (“Billy”) followed in his father’s footsteps and has his own radio program in Fort Worth, Texas, with 92.1 Hank FM.
Bill Mack Award
In 2000, Mack received the Grand Ole Opry Media group award. In 1999 he was named to Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, and in 1982 he was named to Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame.
Bill Mack Wife & Children
Bill Mack lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife, Cynthia. They have three girls, Misty Dawn, Billy Mack III, and Renee Sunday. They have several grandchildren. Bill Mack has a daughter from a previous marriage named Debbie.
Bill Mack Death Cause
DALLAS — Country music radio host Bill Mack died from COVID-19 Friday morning, according to a son-shared message on Facebook.
His son said Bill Mack was suffering underlying health problems. Bill Mack Smith said on Facebook:
I’m deeply saddened to tell you that my Dad passed away early this morning due to COVID-19 with underlying conditions. He was an amazing father, grandfather, great grandfather and husband to my mom. I’m blessed to have had not only a great dad but my best friend as well. He truly will be missed. God bless.❤️
Bill Mack Smith also twitted
I’m deeply saddened to tell you that my Dad passed away early this morning due to COVID-19 with underlying conditions. He was an amazing father, grandfather, great grandfather and husband to my mom. I’m blessed to have had not only a great dad but my best friend as well. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Bub4Q2C02n