Bruce Wolf Wiki – Bruce Wolf Biography
Bruce Wolf is a veteran Chicago broadcaster and sports anchor who has been on both TV and radio for more than 20 years. He formerly hosted a politics-themed talk show weekday mornings on WLS (AM) radio in Chicago. He also fills in as a sportscaster on WMAQ-TV in Chicago and works part-time as a divorce attorney. He also worked full-time as a lawyer for the Chicago law firm Holstein, Mack, and Klein from 1982 until 1987. He decided to leave the law in 1987 to focus full-time on broadcasting. “When I was an attorney on the radio, that was crazy,” he told the Chicago Tribune in 1991. “Trying to explain to a judge that you need a recess to do a sportscast…the two jobs didn’t dovetail at all. It was difficult to do both jobs well. So when the TV opportunity opened up, I just seized it.”Currently, in addition to his broadcasting work, he works part-time as a divorce attorney in Lake County, Illinois.
Wolf first started working full-time for Lerner Newspapers from 1972 to 1981 and also was doing play-by-play broadcasts on two small radio stations. He caught a break when WXRT radio’s owner Dan Lee walked into Wolf’s father’s hardware store and asked if Wolf would be interested in a vacant sportscasting position. He began hosting Athletes’ Feats on WXRT from 1976 until 1982. He also did morning sportscasts at WXRT. In 1982 he joined WLUP-FM Radio, also doing sportscasts. While working for WLUP, he created a character named “Chet Chitchat”, a blended caricature of Chicago sportscasters Chet Coppock and Chuck Swirsky, his predecessor at WLUP, which became a weekly feature on the station’s morning program.
In 1987, he joined WFLD FOX News Chicago, where he became the morning sports anchor. While working for FOX he received three local Emmy awards. “I had never been on TV before, other than in a crowd shot during a Cubs game,” Wolf told the Chicago Tribune in 1991. “But I’d been on radio and when I heard about Fox opening (August 1987), I sent the news director a tape I made. They were looking for a local guy, someone with a Chicago flavor, but with a different take on sports.”
After 18 years working for WFLD-TV, Wolf was terminated in February 2006. The reasons for his firing were never made entirely clear, but local media provided two explanations. One was that his contract was too rich for the station. The other reason involved a pair of incidents that had occurred over the previous six months. The first incident, in September 2005, involved WFLD suspending Wolf for three days after an awkward on-air appearance involving then-WGCI-FM radio personality “Crazy Howard” McGee, who apparently while appearing on WFLD had made a crude, below-the-waist gesture. Wolf turned around and denigrated the gesture during his sports segment, leading to an off-camera incident with a producer. The second incident, at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2006, involving a taped off-beat segment (which never aired) involving Wolf interviewing a man standing outside of the Auto Show in front of his own car. Wolf apparently asked if he could “key” the car, and the man dared him to do so. When Wolf did so, the man became enraged.
In September 2006, he joined WMAQ-TV as a traffic and sports reporter. “Traffic and sports? I’m not the first Channel 5 multitasker,” he joked to the Chicago Sun-Times in August 2006.Since leaving WMAQ-TV on a full-time basis in February 2008, he has continued to occasionally fill in at WMAQ-TV as a sports anchor.
He earned a degree in journalism at Northwestern University in 1975 and also earned a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He decided to attend law school while working full-time as a newspaper reporter and also was doing play-by-play broadcasts on two small radio stations.
Bruce Wolf Age
He was born on September 11, 1953 and grew up in Skokie, Illinois.
Bruce Wolf Wife
He is married to his wife Caryn. They have been married since about 1975. They have five children.
Bruce Wolf Children
He is married and he is a father of five children.
Bruce Wolf Twitter
Bruce Wolf’s Twitter account is @BruceWolfChi. His Twitter bio reads, “Chicago tv-radio legend. My motto: “Some of the truth. Some of the time.” I’m easily bought. A smile, a kind word, will do it.”