Townsquare Media Albany confirmed Tuesday that Tom Goslowski, former brand manager for ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team (WTMM-FM), is no longer with the company.
Goslowski, who was co-host of “Levack and Goz” from 3-7 p.m. weekdays, was let go on Monday. Charlie Voelker will fill in as Levack’s co-host while the company searches for Goslowski’s full-time replacement.
In a statement emailed to The Daily Gazette, Townsquare Media Albany market president Kevin Rich wrote, “I can confirm that Goz is no longer working for 104.5 The Team. Providing great local sports talk is very important to us and we are looking forward to hiring a new Brand Manager and co-host to entertain the Capital Region alongside Jeff Levack in afternoon drive. Charlie Voelker, former UAlbany Athletics Administrator and host of “Sunday Sports Buzz” will be co-hosting 3 p.m.-7 p.m. with Levack in the interim.”
On Monday, Goslowski said he thought that 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.”
In a Tuesday email, Rich said that “while we do not comment on any particular person’s situation or performance, what I can share is that the decision was specific to Goz and not related to COVID nor any economic backdrop. To that point, we have already been recruiting for a replacement and we are already receiving strong interest in the opportunity to serve the local sports community in the Capital Region. 104.5 The Team is the only Albany radio station with great daily local sports content, rather than just being fully syndicated.”
Levack, who was not on the air Monday, returned to airwaves Tuesday. He issued a brief statement at the start of the show.
“Before we get the show started today, I wanted to let you know that ‘Goz’ is no longer with us at 104.5 The Team. I’m bummed that he’s gone. I really enjoyed turning on the microphone and doing a show with ‘Goz’ every day. Obviously, [I] can’t share the details on these things, but it happens in radio sometimes, just like in sports. But for sure, we wish ‘Goz’ the best and we move forward.
“[We] always want to give you the best local sportstalk. That’s always very important to all of us here at 104.5 The Team.”
Neither Levack nor Rich responded directly to questions from The Daily Gazette regarding why Levack was not on air Monday.
The first half-hour of what would have been Monday’s “Levack and Goz” was plagued by dead air, sprinkled with commercials and station promos. The final hour of ESPN Radio’s “The Max Kellerman Show” came on around 3:30 p.m.
Promos for Monday’s “Levack and Goz” played during various breaks on Kellerman’s show, as well as “Chiney and Golic Jr.” that followed Kellerman.
In a follow-up email Tuesday, Rich said the dead air was a result of “a minor technical issue that was fixed as quickly as possible.”
Levack will have his fourth co-host for the show. Besides Goslowski, Armen Williams and Bob “Wolf” Wohlfeld have shared the mic with Levack.