It’s not a good thing when there is dead air on the radio for long stretches.
It’s a more noticeable thing when that silence takes place during the time slot of a show whose co-host announced earlier in the day he no longer holds that distinction.
To start Monday’s 3 p.m. hour of programming on ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team (WTMM-FM) was a half-hour of dead air — interrupted only by commercials and station promos — during what would have been the first half-hour of “Levack and Goz.”
Except, earlier Monday, Tom “Goz” Goslowski announced with a social-media post he was no longer employed at Townsquare Media Albany.
So, at 3 p.m., when “Levack and Goz” would have started, there was dead air. It lasted about five minutes before several commercials followed.
Then, there was more dead air for several minutes, and another block of commercials.
Finally, after another round of dead air that lasted more than 10 minutes, ESPN Radio’s “The Max Kellerman Show” show came on.
(Ironically, promotional spots for Monday’s “Levack and Goz” show were played several times.)
Jeff Levack, the other co-host of “Levack and Goz,” did not respond to a request for comment as to why he didn’t work Monday, and ESPN Radio referred comment to Townsquare Media Albany.
Kevin Rich, operations manager for Townsquare Media Albany, and Matty Jeff, brand manager of Townsquare Media Albany, did not return requests for comment about Goslowski’s release.
Reached by telephone, Goslowski said he had been looking forward to Monday’s show to talk about the NFL Playoffs — especially since his favorite team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, advanced to next weekend’s NFC Championship Game.
But Goslowski never got the chance Monday to go on the air. Goslowski believes the COVID-19 pandemic was a factor in Townsquare’s decision to let him go.
“I can’t say I was too shocked,” Goslowski said. “It’s been a tough year, a tough stretch for radio companies. I wasn’t too shocked by it because it’s been a brutal year for the sports media business.”
Goslowski started with the station in April 2015 as a producer. A year later, he became co-host of the station’s late-afternoon sports talk show with Levack. Goslowski also served as the station’s brand manager.
Goslowski said he has some fond memories of his time at The Team.
“I got to cover a bunch of Super Bowls,” Goslowski said. “Got to cover some great local sports teams. Got to meet some incredible people and build some relationships.
“I was very fortunate to have a great radio partner in Levack.”
As of late Monday afternoon, Goslowski’s biography was still on the 104.5 The Team website.
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