PYX-106 abruptly canceled its morning show Monday, after the “Wakin Up With The Wolf” team had already come in for work.
Station leaders did not return calls seeking comment, and Bob “Wolf” Wohlfeld could not be reached. But another member of the morning show, Ellen “Zee” Thaler, posted an announcement of the cancellation on her Facebook page.
She wrote: “hey- just wanted to let you know before you hear the news else where- Wolf in the Morning Show has been cancelled. Thank You to so many that stuck with us over the years! We were so lucky to have so many loyal followers! What an amazing ride!”
The crew was at work at 4 a.m., according to her Facebook posts, before they were told that they were canceled.
Several listeners who responded to her post thought she was joking — until they checked the PYX 106 web page and found that the Wakin’ Up With The Wolf pages were gone. Facebook pages related to the show were also removed by mid-afternoon.
According to the radio station rating information released to the media by Arbitron, WPYX fell from fourth place to sixth place in overall ratings last year. But Arbitron did not break out information by time period for the media, as it does for the stations themselves, so it was impossible to determine how well the morning show was doing.
In the last publicly announced ratings, in the winter of 2006, the show moved up to second place in both the 18-to-24 and 25-to-54 age groups.
The show has undergone many iterations during its time at WPYX. Its high point was in 1998, when it hit No. 1.
Then, in 2000, it seemed as though the show was over. The team moved to a radio station in Cleveland, after Wolf got divorced. But he returned almost immediately, saying he missed his daughter. Later, he and his wife remarried, and he began hosting the morning show again in 2001. Thaler returned to the show a few weeks later, leaving the Cleveland station.
But the other member of the team, John Mulrooney, stayed at the Cleveland station for months, until he was laid off.
By that point, there was bad blood between him and Wolf, and they made headlines when Wolf sought an order of protection against Mulrooney.
It was years before the two mended fences, but when they did, that was public too. In December 2003, Mulrooney came back to the show, replacing co-host John Tobin. Wolf reportedly apologized to Mulrooney, and the two joked about their fight during the show.
But replacing Tobin was somewhat controversial, and some of those who commented on Thaler’s Facebook announcement Monday said the show had gone downhill since Tobin left.