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".

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.  

Alex Urrea
eduscape.com

Alex Urrea, CEO of Eduscape, has been leading educational companies for more than 20 years.  Urrea says passion is to reach as many learners as possible by leveraging technology to personalize the learning process and give teachers and students an active voice in their education.

Urrea spoke to WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about how Eduscape, based in Montvale, New Jersey is working with schools and parents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Brian Fitzgerald
Easterseals NJ

Since January 8th, 1948, Easterseals New Jersey says it has worked to meet the continuously growing needs of people with disabilities and the families who love them here in New Jersey.

Easterseals New Jersey CEO Brian Fitzgerald talked to WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted his organization.

Ed Cotton
Ed Cotton

Even before Eddie Cotton officiated the Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis fight in 2002 in Memphis, Tennessee, he was legend in Paterson, New Jersey.

Cotton, who served as the first black president of the Paterson City Council, died early this morning at the age of 72.  He had been hospitalized for more than a week after contracting the coronavirus.

Paterson public historian Jimmy Richardson says Cotton was extremely popular in town.

Sean Davis
New York Red Bulls

New York Red Bulls captain and midfielder Sean Davis is one of many professional athletes who had their much anticipated seasons postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.  

The Red Bulls homegrown talent is practicing social distancing and staying in his Jersey City apartment during the shut down prompted by the virus that has created havoc in the sportsworld and everywhere else.

Davis spoke to SportsJam host Doug Doyle about being isolated from his family and his teammates while keeping in shape mentally and physically.

The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation has created the Louis Armstrong Emergency Fund for Jazz Musicians to provide much needed support to vocalists and instrumentalists in the New York metropolitan area.

Newark Trust For Education
Newark Trust For Education

The Newark Trust For Education is an independent non-profit dedicated to coordinating and focusing ideas, people, and resources on the efficient and effective delivery of a quality public education to all children in Newark; and to creating broad and shared accountability for student success across multiple stakeholders. 

Sam McGhee
newsbreak.com

Former Hillside Mayor and long-time educator Sam McGhee has died from of a illness related to COVID-19.  He was 79.

McGhee, who died this past Wednesday, was also a former chair of the WBGO Board of Trustees. McGhee spent much of his life in public office.

After losing a bid for Union County freeholder in the 1984 Democratic Primary, he eventually ran for Hillside Township committee in 1986 and won. Two years later McGhee became the first African-American Mayor of Hillside.

Alex Wong / Getty Images

Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson remembers how the Obama administration faced challenges during the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014. Johnson, who served in that position from 2013 to 2017, says he understands how difficult it is to handle a threat like the coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson — partner in the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, and a member of the WBGO Board of Trustees — emphasizes that he's learned a great deal from that experience in Washington, D.C.  He spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

Dwayne Clark
ClarkFamilyBooks.com

Broadway actor Dwayne Clark, who was born in Newark, has been hard at work as he and his wife Janeece are helping their kids, Jana and DJ, deal with on-line school instruction while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Clark has also launched a children's book series based on his experiences with his children and family.

Jodi Peterso-Stigers
Interfaith Sanctuary

While jazz singer, songwriter and saxophonist Curtis Stigers' touring schedule is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, his wife Jodi Peterson-Stigers continues to go to work in Boise, Idaho.

Jodi is the Executive Director of Interfaith Sanctuary.   The shelter serves people of all genders, races, religions, and sexual orientation, as well as families with children, by providing a safe overnight emergency bed and practical services to transition out of homelessness.

coronavirus
Alice Stockton-Rosssini

As veteran New York City radio reporter Alice Stockton-Rossini is dealing with her parents testing positive for the coronavirus, she says people should be demanding that everyone be tested.

Stockton-Rossini's mother was the first in the family to be diagnosed with the coronavirus.  While Alice has not been tested, she has experienced nearly all of the symptoms.

Stockton-Rossini spoke to WBGO's News Director Doug Doyle and talked about how the coronavirus has impacted nearly her entire family in Ocean County.

Bridges
Rich Uniacke

The non-profit organization Bridges was founded in 1988 with its mission to end homelessness through volunteer-driven outreach and individual case management focusing on health, housing and independence.

Bridges Executive Director Rich Uniacke spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about how the organization is handling the coronavirus pandemic and the need for donations.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO

The March (24) edition of Ask Governor Murphy on WBGO was an opportunity for concerned residents to reach out to Governor Phil Murphy and hear how the state is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Governor took calls and social media questions from all over state.  Governor Murphy joined the show from his home and announced the death toll in New Jersey is up to 44 with more than 36-hundred coronavirus cases in the state.

Margie Warrell
Margie Warrell

Best-selling author Margie Warrell, an international expert on brave leadership and founder of Global Courage has been dealing with two extremely stressful situations lately.  She had to help rescue her parents from the bush fires in her native Australia and recently found out that her husband has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  Her husband Andrew has been isolated in an Australian hospital.

Warrell is releasing her new book at the end of the month, You've Got This: The Life Changing Power of Trusting Yourself.

Dr. David Alland
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Public Health Research Institute

Dr. David Alland, Director of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Public Health Research Institute, which is within the Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences Institute for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases, along with his colleagues Drs. Padmapriya Banada and Sukalyani Banik, have conducted the first evaluation of an innovative point-of-care test to detect COVID-19.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy is Tuesday, March 24 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 safety, 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.

Baraka
FB Live

During Newark Mayor Ras Baraka's Facebook Live update on Wednesday, he gave the sobering news that the city has experienced its first coronavirus related death.

The Mayor says the man was in his early 40's and had underlying health problems.

Mayor Baraka and Dr. Wade will be the guests on Thursday's Newark Today show at 8pm on WBGO, hosted by Michael Hill.

Mayor
NBC News

After much debate, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made the decision Sunday to close New York City Schools at least through April 20. 

The Mayor was getting pressure from parents, unions and other elected officials to shutter the schools amid the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

Both New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and de Blasio have resisted calls to shut down the schools, warning that forcing health care workers to stay home and supervise their children would cause a drag on a hospital system already bracing for an overwhelming influx of patients.

Women In Media - Newark
Women In Media - Newark

In response to the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) new recommendation for social distancing, and the World Health Organization's declaration of COVID-19 as an official pandemic, Women In Media - Newark Executive Director Pamela Morgan has postponed the 11th annual Women's History Month Film Festival.  A new date has yet to be determined.

WBGO will air the interviews about Blackbird and We Are The Endless Roar at a later date.

Blackbird
Nicole L. Thompson

Nicole L. Thompson, a filmmaker born and raised in Newark, will kickoff the Women In Media - Newark 2020 Film Festival March 25 at 6pm at the Newark Museum.  Thompson is the Director and Producer of Blackbird, an aspirational tale about Sherri Jones, an African American young woman who cleans planes for a living, but dreams of being a pilot.

Thompson spoke to WBGO News Director Doug Doyle from her home in Los Angeles. 

Joyce Adewumi is the Director and Producer of We Are The Endless Roar, a film that gives a better understanding of traditional African cultural practices and beliefs.

We Are The Endless Roar will be screened April 3 as part of the Women In Media - Newark 2020 Film Festival.  Adewumi's project will be shown at the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center in Red Bank, New Jersey at 6pm.

Laiona Michelle
Sam Mattingly

Laiona Michelle, who dazzled audiences in in last year's George Street Playhouse production of her Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical, returns for a one-night only performance at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center on March 19 at 7:30pm in the Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater.

Eric Kussin
Doug Doyle for WBGO

We’re All A Little "Crazy" is a non-profit organization founded by 15-year professional sports executive, Eric Kussin.

Kussin brings together athletes, entertainers and expert practitioners with hopes of changing the global conversation about mental health through advocacy and knowledge. 

Kussin sat down in Manhattan with SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about his message, his family and why he's involved with the screening of the new movie The Way Back starring Ben Affleck.

Corona Virus
David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

There are at least 33 coronavirus cases in New York State. Governor Cuomo says that number is expected to rise but he’s urging people not to panic. 

Meanwhile, New Jersey has at least its third case of coronavirus … the first in South Jersey. The patient is a Camden County resident. Officials say the man in his 60s is currently hospitalized in stable condition.

Two other people who tested positive for coronavirus are quarantined in hospitals in Bergen County. Acting Governor Sheila Oliver says the state was ready. 

Backpacks For Life
Doug Doyle for WBGO News

Marine Sgt. Brett D'Alessandro and his partner Alexa Modero started the non-profit Backpacks For Life in 2014.  The couple wanted to work with homeless veterans who are struggling and don't have any knowledge of the resources available to them. 

D'Alesandro and Modero came into the studios of WBGO to speak with News Director Doug Doyle about Backpacks For Life and why they've been able to help so many veterans over the years.

Marc de Grandpre
Sammy Steinlight for WBGO

The New York Red Bulls's home opener is Sunday (February 29) against FC Cincinnati.  The excitement about all the fan improvements inside Red Bull Arena is matched by the optimism surrounding the boosted development around the stadium in Harrison.

Red Bulls GM Marc de Grandpre joins host Doug Doyle for an emotional edition of SportsJam where the Montreal native talks about soccer, the area's growth and how his family still is his top priority.

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