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, on iTunes and NPR's list of podcasts.

For more than 22 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.

Doug  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".


John R. Green

Emmy Award-winning ABC TV producer and writer John R. Green is a proud dad.  His 8-year old twins inspired him to create companion children's books that transform bedtime rituals into whimsical adventures.

Green's twins, A.J. and Francesca, had issues when it came to getting a good night sleep.  That prompted the New Jersey resident to develop Dream Grabber and Dream Jumper (Archway Publishing) based on his real-life experiences with his children.

Rutgers University
Mason School of the Arts

Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Art's Jazz program is headed by New York-based trombonist Conrad Herwig, who is one of the world's most complete jazz musicians, atop both the perorming and jazz education fields with an abundance of composer and arranger credits.

Peter Alson
Zoom/Doug Doyle

The Only Way To Play It is Peter Alson's first novel, but the former professional poker player has been writing books for a long time and has contributed articles to Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Esquire, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone.

Alson has also launched his own publishing company Arbitrary Press which simultaneously reissued his first book, Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie, under a new title, The Vig.

Building a Culture of Health in Newark Conference
Believe in a Healthy Newark

Believe in a Healthy Newark resumes its 4th Annual “Building a Culture of Health in Newark” Conference Monday, October 26.

The virtual conference engages nationally-recognized speakers to discuss the physical, social, emotional and economic impacts of COVID-19.

Eric Johnson

Earlier this month the Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF) and the BIG EAST Conference announced a three-year agreement that will enable all 11 member schools to compete in a year-long multi-game season for the first time as official EGF Collegiate league members.  

On this edition on SportsJam,  EGF CEO Eric Johnson joins host Doug Doyle to talk about the growing popularity of Esports on campuses and how this latest agreement will impact students and schools in the area.

Steve Adubato
Steve Adubato

Stephen N. Adubato Sr. was an iconic Newark and New Jersey political power broker who created the North Ward Center, a non-profit community service organization during the turbulent 60's in the state's largest city. "Big Steve" also built the Robert Treat Academy Charter School. 

Tributes from politicans, community leaders, school officials and residents have been pouring in since Steve Adubato, Sr. passed away last Friday at the age of 87.  

Nicole L. Thompson

Nicole L. Thompson, a filmmaker born and raised in Newark, will kickoff the virtual Women In Media - Newark 2020 Film Festival, which runs through October 21.  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.

The Pink Fund

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  While there are many great survivor stories,  Molly MacDonald's journey is one of the more inspiring ones. MacDonald, a Detroit, Michigan resident, is the founder and Executive Director of The Pink Fund.

The Pink Fund is a non-profit breast cancer organization that provides 90-day non-medical cost-of-living expenses to breast cancer patients in active treatment for breast cancer, so they can focus on healing, raising their families, and returning to the workplace. 


Backed by 10 years of research, VKTRY is the world's first high performance insole, scientifically proven to help athletes run faster, jump higher and train smarter.

VKTRY CEO Steve Wasik is the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle.

Self Made
Tinnetta Bell

The Self Made photojournalism project profiles nine Black women business owners in Newark who were documented just before the COVID-19 outbreak. It celebrates their creativity and connection to community at a time when the future of small businesses everywhere, especially those owned by Black women, is uncertain.

Denis Hamlett

New York Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett has come a long way from the 10-year old who left Costa Rica to move to the United States to live with his mother in Silver Spring, Maryland.  

Hamlett joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about his participating in this week's national mini-pitch effort.  The first mini-pitches honoring Black Players for Change (BPC) were unveiled at West Side High School in Newark.

Donnie Shell
Pro Football Hall of Fame

Dedication to Community (D2C) has added 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and Pittsburgh Steelers great Donnie Shell as its Executive Advisor to its rapidly growing Sports Division.

Shell, nicknamed "The Torpedo" by his late Steelers teammate Dwight White, played on some of the greatest defensive teams in NFL History and is a four-time Super Bowl Champion.  He also made just as much impact during his 15 years in player development with the Carolina Panthers.  

The Washington Post/Getty Images/NPR

President Trump announced this week that he and the first lady have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that throws the final stretch of the presidential campaign even further into unknown territory.

President Trump plans to continue carrying out his duties, but is expected to remain home for two weeks, canceling campaign events as doctors watch him at the White House. The President is 74, an age that makes him more vulnerable to the disease.

Scott Rochelle
Scott Rochelle

Scott Rochelle has been the President and CEO of the National Basketball Retired Players Association since March 2018, after serving one year as an Interim.  Rochelle is also the host of the popular NBA Alumni- produced podcast.

In his role as President and CEO, Rochelle oversees the Retired Players Association’s day-to-day operations, including securing new cutting-edge partnerships for former players to thrive and prosper.


The Loved and Lost project is a statewide media collaborative that launched in June to name and celebrate the lives of very resident in New Jersey lost to COVID-19.  It's being coordinated by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University and was originally a project of

Dave Stryker
Tony Graves

Acclaimed jazz guitarist Vic Juris died on December 31, 2019, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston at the age of 66 after a six-month battle with liver cancer. This Sunday, September 20, from 4-5 p.m., fellow West Orange guitarist Dave Stryker (they lived on the same street) will give a nod to his late friend while also performing some of his own material at the New Jersey Jazz Society’s Virtual Social, which can be viewed on the NJJS Facebook page (NJJS).

Flu season

The state of New Jersey is preparing for Flu season.

Health officials say they are aiming for a 20 percent increase in the number of people vaccinated. New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli says they are worried COVID-19 coupled with the Flu will be a major problem in the state.

"This year we are preparing for the possibility of a twin-demic, a severe flu season and a resurgance of COVID-19 which could strain healthcare resources."

Perischilli says they are asking people to obtain a Flu shot as soon as possible to prevent the spread of that virus.

Wendell Pierce

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 8pm, The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn presents its mainstage fall presentation with 12 Angry Men...and Women:  The Weight of the Wait in partnership with The New Press.  

12 Angry Men...and Women will be streamed live via YouTube from New York City's very first Black Lives Matter mural with 159 names of men, women and children killed by acts of racially motivated violence.  The mural is located on Fulton Street between New York and Brooklyn Avenues.

Ask Governor Murphy

The September (10) edition of Ask Governor Murphy focused the reopening of New Jersey schools this past week and the proposed state budget from Governor Murphy.

Governor Murphy joined AGM host Nancy Solomon from his home, practicing social distancing.  WBGO Statehouse Reporter Joe Hernandez also remotely joined the program.

AGM is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WHYY and WNYC.

Click above to hear the entire program. 

Ask Governor Murphy

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy is Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m. on WBGO and here at Join host Nancy Solomon of WNYC and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy as they talk about New Jersey's response to the coronavirus outbreak, the reopening of schools with in-classroom and remote learning  and the hot bottom issues in the state budget.

The number to call is 844-677-9283, or on social media with #askgovmurphy. Submit your questions in advance at

Dan Schlossberg
Doug Doyle for SportsJam

Dan Schlossberg, who grew up in Passaic, New Jersey and now lives in Fairlawn, NJ, is one of the premier baseball experts and is an award-winning baseball and travel journalist.

Dan and SportsJam host Doug Doyle got together in Clifton, NJ for this edition to discuss Sclossberg's latest book titled The New Baseball Bible: Notes, Nuggets, Lists and Legends from Our National Pastime (Skyhorse Publishing).

WBGO's Doug Doyle reports looks at how NYC and New Jersey are preparing for the opening of schools and businesses.

Dr. Richard Besser

Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former acting Director of the CDC during the Obama Administration spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about his concerns over the national response to COVID-19,

Riptide Partners
RiptIde Partners

Riptide Partners, a New York based consulting business that offers full-service Customer Experience solutions for sports teams and venue operators, has unveiled its recent survey of actual New York area event attendees.  The survey reveals  a much faster return to event timeline for consumers than has been widely discussed.

Riptide Partners co-ounder Rob Comstock says the survey is the first, and most comprehensive, study of actual event attendees in the New York area since the Pandemic shutdown began.

Count Basie
T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center

The T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center in Red Bank, NJ is presenting a 116th birthday celebration for jazz legend Count Basie Friday night.  It's a Facebook Live Event from 7-9pm.

The Center's Gilda Rogers says the celebration, featuring the music from the Vel Johnson Jazz Band, is also a fundraiser for the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center.

Rogers says Fortune, an African-American journalist, newspaper publisher, author and early civil rights activist paved the way for Basie and others to succeed.

Jené Elzie
Jené Elzie

Jené Elzie is the Chief Growth Officer for Athletes First Partners and has more than two decades of experience as a global sports and entertainment executive. Elzie, a former All-American gymnast at Stanford University, is charged with developing and implementing growth strategies across international and other non-traditional revenue streams for the agency.

Prior to A1 Partners, Jené served as Vice President of International Marketing for the NBA, where she oversaw the league's marketing endeavors oustide of the U.S.

Center for Cooperative Media

WBGO Community Engagement Reporter Brit Harley will be a facilitator for today's virtual conference titled Assessing Newark's Information Needs and Filling the Gap, presented by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University.

Newark media colleagues and key community leaders are gathering to learn about information needs and how they can collaboratively meet them better.  

Angela Hsieh for NPR News

Some angry residents in New Jersey and New York still don’t have power in their homes after Tropical Storm Isaias brought it strong winds and rains to both states, knocking down power lines and trees nearly everywhere.   PSEG officials say it's asking for help from utilities across the U.S. and Canada to help restore electricity. The tropical storm knocked out power about 575-thousand of that utility’s customers. Burlington County in South Jersey along with Bergen and Essex counties in North Jersey bore the brunt of the outages.

Newark Public Library

WBGO's Janice Kirkel chats with Joslyn Bowling Dixon, the new Director of the Newark Public Library.

Bowling Dixon brings 20 plus years of experience with her from the latest job in Virginia.

Click above to hear the entire interview.