Doug Doyle

News Director, Morning News Anchor, Co-Host of WBGO Journal & Host of SportsJam

Doug Doyle has been News Director at WBGO since 1998 and has taken his department to new heights in coverage and recognition. Doug and his staff have received more than 200 awards from organizations like PRNDI, AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.

The Pennsylvania State University graduate is one of the most decorated news reporters in New Jersey radio history. WBGO's popular sports podcast SportsJam with Doug Doyle has won numerous national and state awards for best interview and sports coverage. You can hear all the shows at and on iTunes.

For nearly 20 years, Doug really enjoys his role as a side-kick for Gary Walker's morning show on WBGO. Gary and Doug's rapport and mix of great music, information and humor has attracted many new listeners to the station through the years. Doug began his radio career at WMJY in Long Branch, New Jersey where he eventually became news director at the station known as Y107 at that time. The next stop was WOBM-FM in Toms River, New Jersey. Doug spent ten years there, seven of them as news director.

The Delmont, Pennsylvania native has also anchored sportscasts for WBBR,1010 WINS and WABC.

Doug has taught radio production, writing, announcing and sports classes at Bloomfield College, Rutgers-Newark University, Brookdale Community College, Ocean County College and Burlington County College. He is an instrumental part of the Write On Sports program in the area, instructing 10-13 years at the Boys and Girls Club in Newark how to write sports as well as being a guest speaker at many of the summer camps. Doyle is a lifetime member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a professional music fraternity.  Doug's daughter Casey, is currently a teacher in the Newark School District.

Alvin AIley

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating its 60th anniversary season.  This year's NJPAC engagement is May 10-12 and features the New Jersey premiere of the Company's first two-act ballet, Lazarus from inaugural artist-in-residence Rennie Harris.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Artistic Director Robert Battle spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about the upcoming performances.  Lazarus, inspired by the lifework of Alvin Ailey, will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings, May 10 and May 11.

Anthony Ashnault

South Plainfield, New Jersey's Anthony Ashnault always dreamed of being an NCAA national champion in wrestling.  Those dreams became a reality in March of this year when the Rutgers University six-year senior defeated Ohio State's Micah Jordan  9-4 in the 149-pound final of the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ashnault became Rutgers' second national champion.  His victory came less than a hour after his Scarlet Knights teammate, Nick Suriano won the NCAA title at 133 pounds.

Ask Governor Murphy
Ask Governor Murphy

The latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy, aired on WBGO May 1 and prompted calls and social media questions about the environment, transportation, the state's tax incentive program and many other topics.

Governor Phil Murphy joined host Nancy Solomon for the one-hour monthly program.  Ask Governor Murphy is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.

Click above to hear the entire program. 

Ask Governor Murphy
Ask Governor Murphy

How is Governor Phil Murphy doing when it comes to environmental matters in New Jersey?  We want to hear from you tonight when the next edition of Ask Governor Murphy airs on WBGO at 7pm.

Host Nancy Solomon and Governor Murphy will be in the WBGO studios taking your phone calls and social media questions.   

Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander is one of the finest pianists in the world, but he could also be a boxing analyst. 

Monty sat down with host Doug Doyle in 2014 to talk about his love of boxing and his friendships with some of the greats of the ring.  Nearly sixty years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, his hometown, the Grammy nominated pianist is an American classic, touring the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message.

A Walk Into Slavery
The Billie Holiday Theatre

The World Premiere of A Walk Into Slavery, based on Hollis King's recent visit to Africa, was conceived and directed by Dr. Indira Etwaroo, the Executive Director of the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn.  

A Walk Into Slavery is a multi-media meditation about reconnecting with one's ancestor and redefining one's purpose. 

Mark Spitz
NBC Sports

In 2004, American Mark Spitz was still considered the greatest swimmer of all-time.  Fellow American Michael Phelps would eventually claim that title years later when he won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

In July of 2004, Spitz visited the Montclair YMCA to conduct a clinic.

Spitz is a nine-time Olympic champion and former world record-holder in 7 events. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany.  Spitz set new world records in all seven events in which he competed in 1972.  

Maureen Silliman
Two River Theater Company

Broadway veteran Maureen Silliman takes us into the mind and soul of one of America's greatest poets Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst, the latest production at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey. 

Silliman sits down with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about why she loves this play and has enjoyed working again with Two River Theater founder Robert Rechnitz who is directing this version of The Belle of Amherst.

Dwayne Clark
Vanguard Theater Company

A Portrait of Ray, the brainchild of Dwayne Clark and his wife Janice Freeman Clark.  They wrote the show as a tribute to Ray Charles and it has been getting rave reviews ever since.  A Portrait of Ray will next appear at the Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St. in New York City Monday night April 22.

The Clarks came into WBGO to talk to News Director Doug Doyle.

The show takes audiences on an exhilarating journey back to 1967 at the height of Ray Charles' career and is set during a homecoming concert in Greenville, Florida.

Brian Delp
David Tallacksen for WBGO


Jazz After Hours host Brian Delp has been entertaining listeners around the world on WBGO for more than 23 years.  Brian sat down with News Director Doug Doyle to talk about his favorite moments and why WBGO is so special to him.

Click above to hear the entire conversation.

Ask Governor Murphy

New Jersey Govenor Phil Murphy and host Nancy Solomon took calls and social media questions on a number of topics during the most recent edition of Ask Governor Murphy, a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.

Ask Governor Murphy airs monthly.

Click above to hear the entire show.

Ask Governor Murphy

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy is tonight (April 10) at 8pm on WBGO.  Governor Murphy and host Nancy Solomon will be taking your phone calls and social media questions about such topics as marijuana, wind power, Superstorm Sandy relief and NJ Transit.

Courtesy of the artist

The New Jersey Jazz Society holds its 50th annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp concert on Sunday, April 7.

Political icon and former Newark mayor Kenneth Gibson died on March 29 in West Orange, at 86.

Mary Lane

The 10th annual Women In Media-Newark Women's History Month Film Fest runs from March 27 through April 5.  WBGO News Director Doug Doyle spoke with the directors of two of the festival's outstanding films.

Being Gladys will be screened March 27 at the Newark Museum.  I Can Only Be Mary Lane will be shown at WBGO on April 5.

Ask Governor Murphy

The latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy focused on several issues, including the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey, why some school districts are seeing drastic cuts in funding through the proposed state budget and what is being done to improve NJ Transit.

Ask Governor Murphy is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.  The show is hosted by Nancy Solomon.

Click above to hear the entire show.

Brian Taylor
Doug Doyle for WBGO

Brian Taylor is one of the greatest basketball players to ever come out of New Jersey, still ranked in the Top 25 on the Garden State's high school all-time scoring list.

The "BT Express" was a star at Perth Amboy High School and Princeton University.  He would leave the Tigers program early to join the professional ranks.

Taylor would become the ABA's Rookie of the Year with the New York Nets, a team he helped win two ABA championships alongside Julius "Dr. J." Erving. 

Martin Moran
Cassie Galasetti for WBGO News

The world premiere of Martin Moran's Theo renders the complexity of living with humor and truth.  Moran sat down recently with WBGO's Doug Doyle at Two River Theater in Red Bank to discuss his new five person play.

Moran's highly acclaimed solo shows The Tricky Part and All The Rage were also performed at Two River.  Moran is an Obie Award winner, but he has also performed in many Broadways shows including Titanic The Musical, Wicked, Spamelot and Cabaret.  He has a love for both writing and acting/singing.

Anna Webber

The Big Blind, a radio-style musical drama written by Kurt Elling and Phil Galdston, makes its world premiere March 1 and 2 at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theatre.

WBGO Theater Critic Michael Bourne sat down recently with Elling, who leads a star-studded cast that includes NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater and Broadway legend Ben Vereen.

Hilary Knight
Doug Doyle for WBGO

Earlier this week the first game of the 3 game Rivalry Series between the U.S. and Canada women’s ice hockey teams saw a tight contest, with the Americans ultimately scoring the game’s only goal to clinch the victory on Tuesday. That goal was scored by U.S. Superstar and Olympic Gold Medalist Hilary Knight.

Canada won Thursday’s game two 4-3, so Sunday's  rubber match in Detroit will determine which squad wins the Rivalry Series.

The radio and higher education worlds are mourning the loss of Richard Hinchliffe of Glen Ridge, New Jersey.  Hinchliffe passed away earlier this month from glioblastoma.  He was 68.

Dick Hinchliffe had a distinguished career in journalism.  He was the former News Director at WNYC and worked for Bloomberg Radio and the Associated Press during his broadcasting career.  You may remember hearing Dick anchoring some newscasts right here at WBGO in 2010 and 2011.

Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience

The new Associate Director of the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience and one of the organizers of the upcoming MTW is Salamishah Tillet.

Tillet sat down recently with WBGO's News Director Doug Doyle to talk about this year's MTW's theme:  The Erotic as Power:  Sexuality and the Black Experience.

The event begins at 9:30am on Saturday, February 16th  at the Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers University-Newark.

The latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy aired Monday night February 4th on WBGO.   Ask Governor Murphy is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.

The montly show is hosted by Nancy Solomon.  The next show airs on March 13th.

Click above to hear the February show.

Jessica Munoz
Casey Doyle for WBGO News

30-year old Jessica Munoz of Rahway, New Jersey passed away in a single car crash on the Garden State Parkway in Clifton, New Jersey on Sunday, January 20, 2019. 

The Jessica Munoz Memorial Award has been set up in her honor at Montclair State University.

Jess' dear friends including former MSU professor and the Associate Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement joined WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about her teaching legacy. 

Noises Off
Two River Theater for WBGO

Tony Award winner Michael Frayn's Noises Off debuted in London, England in 1982 and is considered one of the funniest plays ever written.  The latest production of the popular play at Two River Theater is being directed by Sarna Lapine and includes a star-studded cast.

WBGO's News Director Doug Doyle went to the theater in Red Bank, New Jersey to talk with three of the cast members: Ellen Harvey, Michael Crane and Kimiye Corwin. 

Screwball antics, misplaced props, slamming doors and flying sardines all combine in this celebrated, flawless farce-within-a-farce.

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Lizette Salas
Jerry Milani for WBGO

2019 will be an exciting tour season for the LPGA and one of it's top players Lizette Salas.  Salas, who is from Azusa, California, was in New York City recently for a special partnership announcement involving the LPGA and Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions.  

Dr. Anthony Munroe
Alfred Bundy for WBGO news

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Essex County College President Dr. Anthony E. Munroe's journey has been an interesting and inspiring one.

Dr. Munroe took over the reins at Essex County College in Newark in June of 2017.  Dr. Munroe has three decades of experience as both an educator and a nationally recognized executive leading urban healthcare and health education institutions. 

A fan of Miles Davis and Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Dr. Munroe sat down this week with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about the College's programs, initiatives and goals.

Fire Island
Jon Kalish for WBGO News

People often think of the the modern gay rights movement beginning in 1969 after New York activists clashed violently with police in what came to be known as the Stonewall Rebellion. But in the autumn of 1968, a series of criminal trials on Long Island demonstrated that gay men could band together to resist police harassment.

On the 50th anniversary of those trials, WBGO’s Jon Kalish takes a look back.

Click above to hear Jon Kalish's feature.

Swet Tailor
Joe Favorito for WBGO News

Officially launched in 2015, Swet Tailor is a premium menswear brand that is defining a new kind of casual.   With strategic planning and knowledge and the endorsement of NFL stars like Carson Wentz and Nick Foles of the Super Bowl Champion Eagles, Swet Tailor is one of the fastest rising men's apparel companies in the U.S. 

The co-owners of Swet Tailor, Adam Bolden and David Kranz, live in Los Angeles, but recently joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle in New York City to talk about their brand, their sports connections and their families.