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 wbgo.org/sportsjam, on iTunes and NPR's list of podcasts.

For more than 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 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 special education teacher in the Neptune School District.  She spent her first two years as an educator teaching inclusive fifth grade math and science at Oliver Street School in Newark.

You can also hear Doug doing the public address announcing at several Staten Island Yankees games in the summer.  He and his friends are also part of a band that performs at various charity events in the area like "Rock Hunger" in Nutley, NJ and "Newark Porchfest".

Coronavirus
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The rate of coronavirus transmission in New Jersey is continuing to creep up and now stands at 1.14. That means each person who catches the disease is spreading it to more than one other person.

Governor Phil Murphy is urging caution.

“When you look at the raw numbers, it’s a mixed bag at best. We’re not out of the woods yet, and we need everybody to remain vigilant.”

New Jersey is doling out another 15 million dollars in small business grants to bolster the state’s economic recovery.  

The latest infusion of cash comes from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. Governor Murphy says small businesses are the backbone of the state’s economy.

“Seeing both businesses and employees emerge from this pandemic strong and ready for the times ahead is critical to the success of our overall restart and recovery.”

The Governor made the announcement outside the A-List Hair Studio in North Brunswick.

Two River Theater
Cassie Galasetti

 Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ  kicks off its series of benefit online play readings with Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine on Sunday July 26 at 7pm.  

The show originally premiered at Two River Theater in 2015.

Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine's playwright and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson and original cast member Brandon J. Dirden joined WBGO News Director on a Zoom chat to talk about this explosive and hopeful examination of American's Racial Divide. 

Famer
Famer

Rich Abend is the CEO of Famer, a mobile app which is an interactive cloud-based youth sports platform that has been finding a solution for parents trying to solve what to do with their time during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.  

Famer accomplishes that goal through partnership with group like US Sports camps and the NBPA.

Abend joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about Famer and how the mentorship platform application is helping coaches and clubs reach kids and their parents more effectively.

Masks
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WBGO's Doug Doyle has the latest on how New York City and New Jersey are handling the coronavirus pandemic when so many other states are seeing a surge in cases.

WBGO Community Engagement Reporter Brit Harley is now in her second year at the radio station.  After a successful first year through a Dodge Foundation grant-funded News Voices Fellow, Harley has big plans for year two at WBGO.

Harley's role was created in partnership with the Free Press to bring WBGO News and the Newark community closer together.  She joined WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about her upcoming plans.

Eddie Gale
Blue Note Records

Eddie Gale, San Jose’s Ambassador of Jazz, lost his battle to cancer this past Friday, July 10 at the age of 78.

Gale was a  pioneering Brooklyn-born jazz trumpeter who began his career as a sideman with legendary jazz artists such as Sun Ra, Larry Young, and Cecil Taylor before forging his path as a band leader on Blue Note Records.

He was also a noted music educator on the East and West Coasts.  

NJ Primary is Tuesday July 7

Jul 7, 2020
Primary
NJ Governor's Office

New Jersey’s statewide primary election is today (Tuesday, July 7, 2020) 

The COVID-19 pandemic means big changes to how residents will vote.

State officials have been encouraging residents to vote by mail. And if you haven’t yet … it’s not too late. Voters can still get a mail-in ballot at their county clerk’s office and submit it to one of several dropboxes posted throughout each county.

Bruce Fretts
WBGO

Tributes have been pouring in on social media for longtime critic and entertainment journalist Bruce Fretts, who died Friday at the age of 54.

Bruce Fretts was one of the top entertainment reporters in the New York area, having worked for Closer Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide and many other publications. 

He was also recently a freelancer with the New York Times.

Beaches
npr.org

New Jersey and New York City residents head into the Fourth of July weekend with several restrictions still in place.

WBGO's Doug Doyle has the rundown.

Spike Doyle
Doug Doyle for WBGO

Francis "Spike" Doyle, Jr. is the reason that this host became a sports fan and played high school sports in Western Pennsylvania.

My dad passed away in his sleep next to his loving wife Josie on May 29, 2020 at the age of 90.   

His wonderful life was honored in Delmont, PA with a military sendoff than included a gun salute and bagpipes.

Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation
Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation

Cancer affects many of us as about 8.8 million people die from cancer each year.  Our family, friends, colleagues or even ourselves, with the best care, can be subjected to harsh side effects, lengthy treament durations, prohibitive costs and limited accessiblity.  Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, founder of the Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation, believes there's a better way.

Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
AWAACC

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center, one of the largest non-profit cultural organization in the country is presenting the first-ever Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Live Online, a free special event that will stream live on Saturday, June 20 at 12 pm.

Jazz House Kids
Jazz House Kids

"Playing Through The Changes" is a one night only virtual benefit to support the Jazz House Kids Relief Fund.  It's set for this Friday, June 19 at 7:30pm ET on the Jazz House website as well as the nonprofit oganization's YouTube and Facebook page.  

The President and CEO of Jazz House Kids, which has helped nearly 50-thousand young musicians and a NEA recipient, is singer Melissa Walker.  She spoke to WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about the event.

Vernon Williams
Summit Interfaith Council

This Sunday, June 14  at 4:30pm, The Summit Interfaith Council is sponsoring a virtual protest and rally with an in-person funeral procession through the streets of Summit to call attention to police brutality and extra-judicial killing of black and brown bodies.

The Rev. Vernon Williams of Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, who is also the Vice President of the Summit Interfaith Council, spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about Sunday's event.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy
WBGO

The latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy on June 4 focused on how New Jersey is handling the protests surrounding the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the latest restrictions in New Jersey concerning the coronavirus.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, practicing social distancing, joined the show from his home.

The show was hosted by WNYC's Nancy Solomon.

Student Player
studentplayer.com

While College athletics are on hold right now because of the coronavirus pandemic, some major decisions are still looming when it comes to paying college athletes for their name, image and likeness.

California and Colorado have already passed laws that take effect January 2023 that essentially create an open market for student athletes to be able to benefit from their name, image and likeness.  New Jersey and New York are strongly considering similar possibilities.

Strat-O-Matic
strat-o-matic.com

 Strat-O-Matic began as a company in 1961, when Hal Richman, a Bucknell University mathematics student, began selling an early version of his baseball tabletop game out of his basement.  

Next February, Strat-O-Matic celebrates it's 60th annivery as the multi-platform leaders in sports simulation games for professional baseball, football, basketball, hockey and college football.

Hal's son Adam Richman is the President of Strat-O-Matic and is the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle.

Jerry Stiller
WBGO

While Actor and comedian Jerry Stiller made many millions laugh through the years, you might not know that he was a huge jazz fan and loved and supported WBGO through the years.

Stiller died today due to natural causes. He was 92. The announcementh came from a tweet from his famous son, actor Ben Stiller.

Stiller had lost his wife, Anne Meara, in 2015. The two met in a New York casting call in 1953 and a few short years later became the timeless "Stiller & Meara" comedy team. The two performed at many famous jazz clubs in New York City through the year.

Mariano Rivera
Topp 2020

Topps began humbly as a family gum business in Brooklyn in 1938, but evolved into a classic American sports company with not only its baseball cards, but football, hockey, entertainment and pop culture cards.

The Global Director of E-commerce at Topps, Jeck Heckman, is the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle.

Heckman was excited to talk about the latest project at Topps that has captivated all kinds of fans, many of them who have never collected cards.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a partnership with neighboring states including New Jersey to procure PPE and other medical equipment amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Governor says the regional purchasing consortium will increase their market power and help prevent price gouging.

Click above to hear a part of the Governor's announcement on Sunday.

Senator Cory Booker
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New Jersey U.S. Senator and former Newark Mayor Cory Booker says during the coronavirus outbreak he's been hunkered down in his Newark home except for the times he's joined Governor Phil Murphy at various events.  

Sue Monk Kidd
Tony Pearce

People are looking for things to do while they are stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic and reading a good book has become on the most popular choices.

Enter celebrated novelist and #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sue Monk Kidd.  Her lastest novel The Book of Longings is considered by many as one of the most anticipated books of 2020.

Sue Monk Kidd joined WBGO News Director Doug Doyle from her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Pat Cavanaugh
Sotiris Aggelou

READY Nutrition was founded by former University of Pittsburgh basketball team captain Pat Cavanaugh.

It wasn't long before Cavanaugh turned his cutting-edge sports nutrition company into a force in the competitive market. 

Rich Lisk
Rich Lisk

Rich Lisk, the Executive VP of of the NLL's New York Riptide and GF Sports, has quite a story of success and survival.

Lisk, the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle, talks about how he beccame a sports marketing guru, his love of the Jersey Shore and now Long Island, and how sports helped him deal with "the nightmare" of growing up in an abusive household.

Kevin Williams
Shore Sports Network

Kevin Williams is a legendary sports host who is the Director of the Shore Sports Network and has been covering sports for WOBM in Ocean County for nearly 41 years.  

Williams created the WOBM Christmas Classic, a 32-team boys and girls basketball tournament that's been around for nearly 37 years.  

Kevin is the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle as the former colleagues practiced social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.  Williams and Doyle were the play-by-team at WOBM in the early 1990's.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO

The latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy on April 23 focused on how New Jersey is handling the coronavirus.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, practicing social distancing, joined the show from his home.  The show was hosted by WNYC's Nancy Solomon.

Calls and social media questions focused on nursing homes, the need for more PPE, unemployment and the desire for the Governor to change his mind about closing the state's parks and golf courses,

Governor Murphy
WBGO

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy is Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. on WBGO and here at wbgo.org.

Join host Nancy Solomon of WNYC and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy as they talk about New Jersey's response to the coronavirus outbreak and it's impact on education, personal income and safey, state government and healthcare.

The number to call is 844-677-9283, or on social media with #askgovmurphy.

Submit your questions in advance at AskGovMurphy.org.

News Voices
WBGO

WBGO News is hosting a DIGITAL CONVERSATION ABOUT NEWARK on April 21 (Tuesday) at 3pm and you are invited to join in.  

The event is part of the News Voices-Free Press partnership that began a year ago in the WBGO News Deparment, made possible by a grant from the Dodge Foundation.  

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