History of the Smack-Off

Last Updated: April 10th, 2011

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Introduction

The Smack-Off is without question the most highly anticipated day on the Jungle calendar. It's a day legends are born and calling careers are irreparably damaged. To paraphrase Bill Walton, it's a day for clones to compete for the ultimate prize.

I began listening to the Jim Rome Show in the summer of 1997 on 610 AM in Houston. I was sixteen at the time and the aggressive style of the show appealed to me instantly. When the 1998 Smack-Off rolled around I decided that I had to skip school and capture the event on cassette tape. I don't listen to the show that much anymore, but I still take a day off every year to observe and record the Smack-Off.

In 2006 I went through my annual Smack-Off preparation ritual of listening to an ever-growing catalog of Smack-Off tapes. As I listened, I realized that as The Jungle underwent its rapid expansion the number of listeners without a proper understanding of the great event grew as well. First launched on April 25, 2006, History of the Smack-Off is my tribute to the Smack-Off and its glorious history.

The site was originally hosted at Andrew.Moorehill.net. Beginning in March of 2011 the site has a new dedicated domain at Smackoff.net. As the five year anniversary of the site approaches, my interest in maintaining and improving this site has been renewed.

As it has been from day one, my goal is to present as much information as possible for each year's Smack-Off. I hope you find the site informative and entertaining.





The Idea

After a particularly bad day of calls, Romey was left searching for a way to keep the endless parade of bad callers from ruining his show. Producer Travis Rodgers and Jim kicked some ideas around and decided they could select the callers, but that it wasn't feasible to do so daily. The idea for an annual Smack-Off competition was born.

Listen to Jim tell the story

The Smack-Off is an invitation only event. Invitations are announced well in advance of the event for two reasons: to generate buzz and discussion, and to allow bubble callers to play their way in or out of the field. Past winners have a lifetime exemption (unless they get a radio show on a competing affiliate). The old school legends typically receive invites even if they have not been an active caller for many years. Normal callers must depend on their body of work to earn an invite.

Beginning in 2010, a Hack-Off was held prior to the Smack-Off. An invite to the Hack-Off can be earned by a single spectacular flame-out or by being persistently awful. The "winner" of the Hack-Off earns a birth in the main event and stands an excellent chance of entering the pantheon of terrible callers.





Past Winners

YEAR WINNER RUNNER-UP
1995 J.T. the Brick Adam in Pacific Beach
1996 Jeffrey E. DiTolla Esq. Doc Mike DiTolla
1997 Doc Mike DiTolla Iafrate
1998 Steve Carbone Iafrate
1999 Sean the Cablinasian Kerwin in Riverside
2000 Doc Mike DiTolla Sean the Cablinasian
2001 Silk in Huntington Beach Steve Carbone
2002 Jeff in Richmond Iafrate
2003 Sean the Cablinasian Greg in Vegas
2004 Iafrate Sean the Cablinasian
2005 Sean the Cablinasian Iafrate
2006 Sean the Cablinasian Greg in Vegas
2007 Sean the Cablinasian Joe in Orange County
2008 Iafrate Doc Mike DiTolla
2009 Brad in Corona Mike in Indy
2010 Vic in NoCal Mike in Indy
2011 Brad in Corona Steve Carbone





Smack-Off I


April 14th, 1995

The inaugural Smack-Off was won by J.T. the Brick, who parlayed the victory into his own radio show and currently works for Fox Sports Radio. Adam in Pacific Beach finished second while Jeffrey E. DiTolla finished third. This was also the year that Jason from Fullerton took time away from watching porn with nine other dudes to place a truly horrible Smack-Off call; a decade later he'd be known as Mr. Automatic.

Listen to Houston band 3-Day Weekend perform their ode to J-Stew, Mr. Automatic.

This was before my time in the Jungle so I need some help. If you have information or audio files (cassette or mp3), please send an e-mail via the contact link at the top of this page.


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Smack-Off II


April 5th, 1996

An almost entirely Californian field of 31 callers competed for the second annual King of Smack crown. Defending champ J.T. the Brick did not participate. Even in 1996, still in the infancy of syndication and expansion, Silk was already playing the old school card in his Smack-Off calls.

Audio files for the 1996 Smack-Off are available courtesy of Doc Mike DiTolla who selflessly provided his cassette tapes.


1996 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Jeffrey E. DiTolla
2 Doc Mike DiTolla
3 Iafrate
4 Terrence in Sierra Madre
5 Greg the Cockroach
6 Rich in Anaheim Hills
7 Voz in Omaha
8 Steve Carbone
9 Dave in Irvine
10 Scrooge
Adam in Pacific Beach
Andre the Hairdresser in San Diego
Bob in Anaheim
Cecelia in San Diego
Chad in Dove Canyon
Dave in Placentia
Irie Craig
Jim in Crapchester
Joe in Lemon Grove
Joe in San Diego
Jordan in Vista
Lance in La Costa
Larry the False Wanker in Riverside
Peter in Sacramento
Raider Mike
Richard in West L.A.
Silk in Huntington Beach
Tracy in Torrance
Trapper in Dana Point
Wesley in Loma Linda
DNF Aaron in Boise


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Smack-Off III


April 4th, 1997

The third annual Smack-Off saw Doc Mike win his first crown and Iafrate finish in second, a position he would become very familiar with over the years. The Jungle began its rapid expansion during 1997, which led to two non-Californians finishing in the top ten. A record 41 callers competed, including debuts by Kerwin in Riverside, Greg in Vegas, and Gino in San Antonio.


1997 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Doc Mike DiTolla
2 Iafrate
3 Steve Carbone
4 Terrence in Sierra Madre
5 Greg the Cockroach
6 Screaming Mike in Vegas
7 Dean in Huntington Beach
8 Lisa in Green Bay
9 John in Syracuse
10 Silk in Huntington Beach
A.J. in Tampa Bay
Aaron in Boise
Boone in Pasadena
Boston Phinn
Chad in Dove Canyon
Efrem
Gino in San Antonio
Greg in Vegas
Irie Craig
Jay in L.A.
Jeffrey E. DiTolla
Joe in San Diego
John in L.A.
Kerwin in Riverside
Peter in Sacramento
Raider Mike
Rich in Anaheim Hills
Robin in Boulder
Scott in Hollywood
Trapper in Dana Point
Wayne in Tucson
DNF Dave F. in Denver
DNF Gangsta Chick in Sacramento
DNF Greg in Portland
DNF Lamar in San Antonio
DNF Mac in San Antonio
DNF Mitch the Rat in Wichita
DNF Pointdexter in Houston
DNF Quinn the Car Fixer
DNF Ron in San Diego
DNF Tom in Green Bay


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Smack-Off IV


April 10th, 1998

The fourth annual Smack-Off was won in a controversial decision by the show's call screener, Steve Carbone. Though California was still heavily represented, syndication continued to diversify the caller pool. In his debut performance, Sean the Cablinasian represented Houston with a fourth place finish. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Jim Harbaugh had an altogether different experience in his debut call.

29 callers made it on the air, 8 of them went down in flames.


1998 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Steve Carbone
2 Iafrate
3 Gino in San Antonio
4 Sean the Cablinasian
5 Doc Mike DiTolla
6 Kerwin in Riverside
7 Lisa in Green Bay
8 Jeffrey E. DiTolla
9 Bobby in Brooklyn
10 Terrence in Sierra Madre
Boston Phinn
Dean in Huntington Beach
Greg in Vegas
Jeff on a Carphone in Phoenix
Jim Harbaugh
Jonathan in Syracuse
Julie in Portland
Manny in Oxnard
Raider Mike
Scott in Hollywood
Silk in Huntington Beach
DNF Aaron in Boise
DNF Efrem
DNF Gabe in Stockton
DNF Irie Craig
DNF John in Syracuse
DNF Pete in Anchorage
DNF Pointdexter in Houston
DNF Trapper in Dana Point


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Smack-Off V


April 2nd, 1999

The fifth annual Smack-Off was won by Sean the Cablinasian in Houston, making him the first non-SoCal caller to become King of Smack.

The 1999 audio is available thanks to Bob in SoCal who sent me his tapes to replace the ones that I so carelessly lost years ago.


1999 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Sean the Cablinasian
2 Kerwin in Riverside
3 Doc Mike DiTolla
4 Iafrate
5 Tom Tolbert
6 Greg in Vegas
7 Steve Carbone
8 Dean in Huntington Beach
9 Boston Phinn
10 Terrence in Sierra Madre
Dan from Cleveland
Gino in San Antonio
Irie Craig
James in Syracuse
Lisa in Green Bay
Pointdexter in Houston
Tom in Lincoln
DNF Bobby in Brooklyn
DNF Jeff on a Carphone in Phoenix
DNF Robin in Boulder
DNF Rusty in Houston
DNF Sean the Kiwi
DNF Silk in Huntington Beach
DNF Trapper in Dana Point


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Smack-Off VI


April 28th, 2000

In an era of affiliate expansion the Jungle underwent a contraction as the length of the program was reduced from four hours to three. As a result, the sixth annual Smack-Off had a reduced field of only 17 participants. Doc Mike became the first two time winner of the Smack-Off, but a strong case could be made for The Cablinasian and Dan in D.C.


2000 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Doc Mike DiTolla
2 Sean the Cablinasian
3 Dan in D.C.
4 Steve Carbone
5 Dean in Huntington Beach
6 Kerwin in Riverside
7 Greg in Vegas
8 Iafrate
9 Terrence in Sierra Madre
10 Gino in San Antonio
Gabe in Stockton
John in C-Town
Sean the Kiwi
Silk in Huntington Beach
DNF Jeff in Richmond
DNF Jeff on a Carphone in Phoenix
DNF Mark in Buffalo


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Smack-Off VII


May 4th, 2001

The seventh annual Smack-Off was won by longtime SoCal caller Silk in Huntington Beach. Silk had been a frequent subject of caller ridicule on the show. He was able to work his status as an alleged racist, hobo, 7-11 clerk into the call and cleverly played spun a winning effort.

Jim in Fall River made his legendary tandem call with a braying donkey and comedian Jay Mohr, a frequent caller and contributor, made his Smack-Off debut with a tenth place finish.

2001 set a modern era record for calls with 20 and for buzzers with 6.


2001 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Silk in Huntington Beach
2 Steve Carbone
3 Gino in San Antonio
4 Doc Mike DiTolla
5 Iafrate
6 Terrence in Sierra Madre
7 Sean the Cablinasian
8 Jim in Fall River
9 Dean in Huntington Beach
10 Jay Mohr
Jeff on a Carphone in Phoenix
Jeffrey E. DiTolla
Matt in Denver
Renee in Rochester
Sean the Kiwi
DNF Dan in D.C.
DNF Gabe in Stockton
DNF Greg in Vegas
DNF Jeff in Miami
DNF John in C-Town


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Smack-Off VIII


April 19th, 2002

An otherwise outstanding eighth annual Smack-Off was marred forever by a Jeff in Richmond win. Jeff's win delayed the beginning of the Golden Age of the Smack-Off until 2003. 17 callers competed with only buzzer blast, issued on Don in NoCal's poor effort. This tied the record set in 1996 for fewest buzzers issued in one Smack-Off.


2002 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Jeff in Richmond
2 Iafrate
3 Jim in Fall River
4 Steve Carbone
5 Doc Mike DiTolla
6 Matt in Denver
7 Sean the Cablinasian
8 Irie Craig
9 Silk in Huntington Beach
10 Greg in Vegas
Dan in D.C.
Dean in Huntington Beach
Jeff on a Carphone in Phoenix
Kevin in Providence
Terrence in Sierra Madre
Tim in Toronto
DNF Don in NoCal


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Smack-Off IX


June 21st, 2003

The ninth annual Smack-Off saw Sean the Cablinasian join Doc Mike DiTolla in the club of two-time winners. This Smack-Off set a record for fewest callers with only 14 participants, three of which received the buzzer and one more ejected amidst rising flames.

Smack-Off historians have determined that the Golden Age of the Smack-Off began in 2003. The Golden Age has been marked by incredibly deep and competitive fields that mix the enduring SoCal legends with early syndication giants and add an influx of talented new school callers.


2003 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Sean the Cablinasian
2 Greg in Vegas
3 Joe in Orange County
4 Dan in D.C.
5 Otis in Austin
6 Jim in Fall River
7 Willie in Kansas City
8 Terrence in Sierra Madre
9 Silk in Huntington Beach
10 Steve in Chicago
Don in NoCal
DNF Jeff in Richmond
DNF Jeff on a Carphone in Phoenix
DNF Trapper in Dana Point


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Smack-Off X


April 16th, 2004

The tenth annual Smack-Off picked up right where the ninth left off. The Cablinasian brought his flawless 'A' game as we've come to expect. Terrence made his best call ever. Trapper went old school with a flawless reworking of Jack Nicholson's "You can't handle the truth" monologue from A Few Good Men. Joe in Orange County made a solid sophomore effort. Greg in Vegas brought his Calvin Murphy, "it's a vagina, not a clown car" smack. Rookie caller Casey in Vegas was cruising until he lost his place on the page and ejected.

But Iafrate stole the show with Whitey's Dad


2004 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Iafrate
2 Sean the Cablinasian
3 Terrence in Sierra Madre
4 Trapper in Dana Point
5 Joe in Orange County
6 Greg in Vegas
7 Doc Mike DiTolla
8 Casey in Vegas
9 Irie Craig
10 Mike in Orlando
Christian in Kansas City
Jeff on a Carphone in Phoenix
Paul in Sioux City
Rachel in Houston
Silk in Huntington Beach
DNF Jim in Fall River
DNF Oliver in St. Louis
DNF Otis in Austin


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Smack-Off XI


May 6th, 2005

The eleventh annual Smack-Off was won by Sean the Cablinasian, making him the first three time winner of the contest. In her sophomore effort, Rachel in Houston earned the highest ranking ever by a woman. Iafrate earned his fourth silver medal while Jeff on a car phone in Phoenix managed to get buzzered in a Smack-Off for a record fourth time.


2005 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Sean the Cablinasian
2 Iafrate
3 Terrence in Sierra Madre
4 Rachel in Houston
5 Steve Carbone
6 Casey in Vegas
7 Joe in Orange County
8 Bill in Knoxville
9 Greg in Vegas
10 Oliver in St. Louis
Otis in Austin
Silk in Huntington Beach
DNF Ed in Stockton
DNF Jeff on a Carphone in Phoenix
DNF Joe in New York City


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Smack-Off XII


May 5th, 2006

In a controversial decision, Sean the Cablinasian edged out Greg in Vegas for the twelfth annual Smack-Off crown. The Cablinasian became the first to ever successfully defend his title; he is also the only four time winner of the event. Newcomer Oren in Denver, who had made a name for himself by verbally assassinating Jeff in Richmond, started his first Smack-Off call well, but as he rambled on and on, Jim was forced to cut him off. Overall, this year's event was down in quality from the excellent level of recent years; perhaps the Golden Age of the Smack-Off has ended.


2006 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Sean the Cablinasian
2 Greg in Vegas
3 Joe in Orange County
4 Iafrate
5 Rachel in Houston
6 Terrence in Sierra Madre
7 Bill in Knoxville
8 Steve Carbone
9 Jeff on a Carphone in Phoenix
10 Jeff in Richmond
Casey in Vegas
John in C-Town
Justin in Boise
Silk in Huntington Beach
DNF Oliver in St. Louis
DNF Oren in Denver


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Smack-Off XIII


May 4th, 2007

The thirteenth annual Smack-Off ended with the coronation of King Sean the Cablinasian for the third consecutive year and for the fourth time in five years.

On the Wednesday leading up to the event, newcomer and "the next big thing in the Jungle" Vic in NoCal brazenly called his shot. Unfortunately Vic failed to show up on the big day.


2007 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Sean the Cablinasian
2 Joe in Orange County
3 Greg in Vegas
4 Iafrate
5 Terrence in Sierra Madre
6 Steve Carbone
7 Jay Mohr
8 Jeff in Richmond
9 Trapper in Dana Point
10 Oren in Denver
Casey in Vegas
Jeff in Vancouver
Jeff on a Carphone in Phoenix
Lear in Annapolis
Mike in Wichita
Silk in Huntington Beach
DNF Rachel in Houston


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Smack-Off XIV


April 25th, 2008

Defending champion Sean the Cablinasian was ruled ineligible.

prior to the fourteenth annual Smack-Off. Iafrate took advantage by winning his second King of Smack Crown, joining Doc Mike and the Cablinasian in the multiple wins club.


2008 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Iafrate
2 Doc Mike DiTolla
3 Joe in Orange County
4 Steve Carbone
5 Terrence in Sierra Madre
6 Jay Mohr
7 Greg in Vegas
8 Silk in Huntington Beach
9 Jeff in Richmond
10 Casey in Vegas
Boatie in Pearland
Corey in Ann Arbor
J.D. in Nashville
Oren in Denver
Vic in NoCal
DNF Brendan in Wilmington
DNF Irie Craig
DNF Rachel in Houston


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Smack-Off XV


May 8th, 2009

The fifthteenth annual Smack-Off finally saw the new guard step to the forefront of the Jungle landscape. The top three finishers were all relatively new to the show and all three ascended to Jungle stardom very quickly. Brad in Corona was able to fend of Mike in Indy and Vic in NoCal to win as a rookie.


2009 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Brad in Corona
2 Mike in Indy
3 Vic in NoCal
4 Greg in Vegas
5 Iafrate
6 Trapper in Dana Point
7 Josh in Grand Rapids
8 Rachel in Houston
9 Terrence in Sierra Madre
10 Jay Mohr
Boatie in Pearland
Chad in Portland
Steve Carbone
DNF Joe in Orange County
DNF Nezrin
DNF Silk in Huntington Beach


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Smack-Off XVI


April 23rd, 2010

The sixteenth annual Smack-Off was won by Vic in NoCal, who finally cashed one in after several disappointing Smack-Off efforts.

The first ever Hack-Off was held on April 16, 2010. The Hack-Off was a competition among the worst of the worst to earn an invitation to the Smack-Off. Vinny Mac won the Hack-Off and parlayed that into a Smack-Off call in which he was shaky, but he was able to avoid the buzzer.


2010 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Vic in NoCal
2 Mike in Indy
3 Doc Mike DiTolla
4 Joe in Orange County
5 Iafrate
6 Jay Mohr
7 Terrence in Sierra Madre
8 Brad in Corona
9 Dan in D.C.
10 Trapper in Dana Point
Lisa in Indy
Vinny Mac in Des Moines
DNF Greg in Vegas
DNF Ray Ray in Tampa
DNF Sheryl in Austin


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Smack-Off XVII


April 8th, 2011

The seventeenth annual Smack-Off was held on April 8th, 2011. Brad in Corona won, joining Sean the Cablinasian, Doc Mike DiTolla, and Iafrate in the two-time winners club.

The second annual Hack-Off was held on April 1st, 2011. Hack-Off winner Ray Ray in Tampa earned a berth in the Smack-Off field.


2011 RESULTS

RANK CALLER
1 Brad in Corona
2 Steve Carbone
3 Iafrate
4 Vic in NoCal
5 Dan in D.C.
6 Jay Mohr
7 Mike in Indy
8 Mike in San Diego
9 Israel in L.A.
10 Joe in Orange County
Jeff in Richmond
Oren in Denver
Trapper in Dana Point


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