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 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.

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
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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.

MTW
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Ann McDonough
T. Charles Erickson

In 1879, Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” raised eyebrows and prompted discussions because it was play in which a woman, Nora leaves her husband and children.

Last year, playwright Lucas Hnath created a sequel and brought “A Doll’s House, Part 2” to Broadway to critical acclaim.  Now “A Doll’s House, Part 2” is running at the George Street Playhouse.

Veteran actress Anne McDonough, who plays the nanny Anne Marie, chats with WBGO's Doug Doyle.

Nancy Wilson
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It was 2005 that Grammy-winning singer Nancy Wilson was honored at the WBGO Champions of Jazz Gala along with Ahmet Ertegun and the Jazz Foundation of America.

The music world now is mourning the loss of Nancy Wilson, who passed away from a long illness earlier this week at her home in California. She was 81.

Pianist, composer and bandleader Michael Wolff was Nancy Wilson's musical director from 1978 to 1982.

Here's the full interview (below) with Michael Wolff and WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

Jerry Gant
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A memorial service is set for Monday morning at 9 o’clock at Newark Symphony Hall for renowned Newark visual artist, poet and educator Jerry Gant.

Gant’s friend and business partner Linda Street, who calls herself the chief chick at Pink Dragon Artist Syndicate in East Orange, says Gant lost his battle with liver cancer last Sunday.

Ian O'Connor
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Ian O'Connor grew up in Englewood, New Jersey as a Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Roger Staubach fan.  He also graduated from St. Cecilia High School, the same school where the legendary Vince Lombardi coached.

O'Connor is a senior writer at ESPN.com, a nationally-acclaimed columnist and the author of three New York Times bestsellers.  His most recent one is the definitive biography of the NFL's most controversial but successful coach, Bill Belicheck.

King Hedley II
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The year is 1985. King Hedley II has returned from prison looking to rebuild his life, save some money, plant a backyard garden, and start a family.  This production is the halfway mark of Two River Theater presenting the 10 plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle.

WBGO News Director Doug Doyle chats with two of the stars of King Hedley II, Harvy Blanks (Elmore) and Charlie Hudson III (Mister).

Obie Award-winner Brandon J. Dirden (A Raisin in the Sun, August Wilson’s Jitney) directs.

Flor De Liz Perez
T. Charles Erickson

Flor De Liz Perez makes her George Street Playhouse debut in the world premiere of The Trial of Donna Caine. Perez plays the role of Marine Staff Sergeant Donna Caine.

Perez came into the WBGO studios to talk to News Director Doug Doyle about the show and her career.

Carmen Balentine
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Former WBGO employee Carmen Balentine is running his first NYC Marathon this Sunday, November 4th.

Balentine now works as a Major Gifts Officer at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research in New York City.  He came into the WBGO studios to talk to News Director Doug Doyle about his training and passion.  Balentine is running in support of the New York Urban League.

Balentine says his goal is to simply cross the finish line.

Balentine is also a big music fan who loves to dance.

Click above to hear the entire interview.

Popcorn Falls
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Theater critic Michael Bourne thoroughly enjoyed the new off-Broadway comedy Popcorn Falls.

James Hindman's new play makes its off-Broadway debut, directed by Christian Borle.

Click above to hear Michael's review.

Ezequiel Garcia
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72-year old Ezequiel Garcia is running in the New York City Marathon in November.  Garcia has been a donor family member since his son passed in 2011 and became a tissue donor.  He will run his third marathon in support of NJ Sharing Network and in honor of his late son Rey. 

Ezequiel Garcia and the President and CEO of the NJ Sharing Network Joe Roth joined WBGO News Director Doug Doyle for an interview about Garcia's love for his family and his new passion for running.

Dr. Indira Etwaroo
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Dr. Indira Etwaroo is the Executive Director of the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn.  The newly renovated theatre at RestorationArt has launched its new season with the Colman Domingo play Dot.

WBGO's News Director Doug Doyle sat down with Dr. Etwaroo recently at the Billie Holiday Theatre to talk about her amazing career as a producer, educator, artist and scholar.

Click above to hear the entire interview.

Ezequiel Garcia
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72-year old Ezequiel Garcia is running in the New York City Marathon in November.  Garcia has been a donor family member since his son passed in 2011 and became a tissue donor.  He will run his third marathon in support of NJ Sharing Network and in honor of his late son Rey. 

Ezequiel Garcia and the President and CEO of the NJ Sharing Network Joe Roth joined WBGO News Director Doug Doyle for an interview about Garcia's love for his family and his new passion for running.

Newark Athletic Hall of Fame
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More than 400 people were on hand for the 30th Newark Athletic Hall of Fame Awards dinner.  16 new members were officially inducted at Thursday's event at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

One of those being inducted last night was Aundrea Williams who was All City, All Essex County, All-state 2nd Team Group Four and his Barringer High school team made the state playoffs three out of his four years he was  there.

94 Percent
Ryan Haygood of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

A noon-time rally is planned for this Saturday at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Newark with hopes of getting Governor Phil Murphy to focus more on the racial disparities in wealth, in access to the ballot box and in criminal justice.

Now that the Governor has been in office for nearly 10 months, the head of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Ryan Haygood wants to see action. Haygood others are organizing the “Rally for the 94 Percent.  Haygood came into the WBGO studios to chat with News Director Doug Doyle.

Dot
Billie Holiday Theatre

The Billie Holiday Theatre at RestorationART in Brooklyn, in association with Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, is presenting a new adaptation of Colman Domingo’s much heralded Dot

Dot is directed by Tony Award-winning Broadway and film director Kenny Leon and stars Emmy Award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre alumna Denise Burse as the lead character Dot.  Burse is best known for portraying  Claretha on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.

Gloria Davy
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When doing research papers students do not necessarily consider the fact that representation on Wikipedia affects the way cultures and people can be viewed.  And that's probably the case for the general public as well.

As part of the National Hispanic Heritage Month activities at Berkeley College, the Berkeley College librarians in Newark have started Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons with select faculty and students in courses such as Gender, Race and Class, taught by Professor Gloria Davy, and Introduction to Ethics by Professor Gregory Hotchkiss.

Alzheimer's New Jersey
Alzheimer's New Jersey

Alzheimer's New Jersey is holding several fundraising walks in the state.  This next one is this Sunday, September 30th on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown.

The President and CEO of Alzheimer's New Jersey is Ken Zaentz.  Zaentz joined host Doug Doyle on the WBGO Journal to talk about the upcoming walk.

Alzheimer's New Jersey says more than 600-thousand people in New Jersey are impacted by Alzheimer's.

Carlos Rodriguez
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This coming Wednesday will be another opportunity for WBGO listeners to support their public radio station while helping others in need. 

WBGO is partnering with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and Stop & Shop to help provide "family packs" of food for the hungry in the area. 

Carlos Rodriguez, President and CEO of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey chats with WBGO's Doug Doyle about the partnership and the hunger issue in New Jersey.

You will be able to help by calling 1-800-499-9246 or making a pledge at www.wbgo.org/support.

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The second annual Believe in a Healthy Newark conference at NJIT is set for September 27th.

The initiative is led by leaders of Rutgers Newark , RWJ Barnabas, the United Way and others.

One of the organizers of the conference and chair of the steering committee is Dr. Denise Rogers who is with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

You can get the details of the conference by going to www.believeinahealthynewark.org.

Click above to hear the entire interview with Dr. Rogers and WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

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