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Wolf out at The Team

Wolf out at The Team

Sports station pulls plug on 'experiment'
Wolf out at The Team
Bob Wohlfeld (left) is out as partner with Jeff Levack on 104.5 The Team.
Photographer: Ken Schott/Gazette Sportswriter

Five months after trying his hand at sports talk, Bob “Wolf” Wohlfeld is out at ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team (WTMM-FM).

Wohlfeld, best known for his work as a music disc jockey and his edgy “Wolf in the Morning” program on PYX-106 (WPYX-FM), joined Levack as the co-host of the afternoon sports talk show “Levack and Wolf” on WTMM on April 1.

Wolf’s bio is no longer on the station’s website. He had a blog post on Tuesday that is still online. Zach Bye filled in on Wednesday’s show.

“We parted ways,” Wohlfeld said. “I was brought on to provide some non-sports lifestyle and entertainment content and was not permitted to do that. I tried to adapt to their vision, but was the wrong guy for the job.

“We all knew it was an experiment. Just did not work. I’m a classic rock guy at heart.”

Wohlfeld replaced Armen Williams, who left the station for a program director’s job in Denver. The pairing of Wohlfeld and Levack seemed odd because Levack was the sports expert, and Wohlfeld wasn’t.

Wolf addressed that in an spring interview with The Daily Gazette.

“I’m more of a casual sports fan coming into this,” Wolf said. “I’ve always been a Giants fan, a Yankees fan, Rangers, but it’s not something I lived and breathed every day. Sports was always a decent part of my show. It was always a conversation because my audience was predominately male. I’ve always had a more casual fan’s view of things, which I bring to this. I’m not going to be able to talk elaborate defensive alignment. I’m not going to be doing the Xs and Os, but I’m fairly opinionated.”

Wolf’s departure comes shortly after Brady Farkas, producer of “Big Board Sports” and host of “Capital Region Sports Saturday,” left WTMM for a program director’s job at the ESPN Radio affiliate in Burlington, Vt.

Steve Richards, operations manager Townsquare Media Albany, which owns WTMM, didn’t return a several requests for comment. Levack declined comment.

“I have nothing but respect for managers Steve and Jake [Demmin, Townsquare Media Albany market president],” Wohlfeld said.

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