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.

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
Doug Doyle for WBGO

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
WBGO archive

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
Two River Theater for WBGO

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
Carmen Balentine for WBGO News

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
Michael Bourne for WBGO

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
Doug Doyle for WBGO

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
Alexandra Hill for WBGO News

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.

WBGO
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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.

Pamela's First Musical
Two River Theater for WBGO

What a way to celebrate the 25th anniversary season at Two River Theater in Red Bank with world premiere of Pamela’s First Musical. There’s a combined total of more than 25 Tony Award nominations and 7 wins between the amazing cast and creative team. 

One of the stars of the show is three-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello.  Carmello, who has appeared in 14 Broadway musicals, gets to sing and have fun in the role of  Aunt Louise.  WBGO News Director Doug Doyle spoke with Carmello about the show and her amazing Broadway career.

Karl Towns
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A big fundraiser for UNCF on Saturday, September 22nd at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield. It’s the first annual UNCF New Jersey 5K Walk/Run for Education in partnership with the KAT Team foundation.

Joining WBGO Journal host Doug Doyle in the studio was UNCF Development Director Ngozi Emenyeonu and Karl Towns, long-time educator and coach who runs the KAT Team Foundation.  Karl is the father of NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves who will be attending the event.

Puerto Rico panel
Ark Republic and Lisa Durden Unlimited Productions

A special panel discussion titled Puerto Rico: Nearly A Year After Hurriane Maria is set for Thursday night, September 6th at Rutgers Express Newark Lecture Hall.

Organizers of the program say it's time to talk about the disparity in how the U.S. responds to natural disasters according to race and class.

Recently, the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria was upped dramatically to nearly three-thousand people.

SportsJam
Joe Favorito for WBGO News

 

2004 Olympic Boxing Gold Medalist and former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion of the world Andre Ward is the new host the reality boxing series The Contender which started its first episode last week on EPIX.

Andre “Son of God” Ward retired in 2017 after a professional boxing career record of 32-and-0, that’s right he never lost a pro bout.  He's joined on this edition of SportsJam with Doug Doyle by one of the 16 contestants on the show, Newark boxer and artist John Thompson IV.

Kurt Kleinmann
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Kurt Kleinmann lives in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and has been married for 61 years.  The military veteran had a very successful career in pharmacy and was a long-time ski instructor.  But how Kurt got to the United States and what his family went through is the subject of the new book from Jeremy Dronfield, The Stone Crusher: The True Story of a Father and Son's Fight for Survival in Auschwitz.

Mark Di Ionno
WBGO News

Mark Di Ionno is a lifelong journalist who began his career as a sportswriter for the New York Post. Most people know him for his front page columns for The Star Ledger and NJ.com.

Di Ionno's second novel is titled Gods of Wood and Stone. It is published by Touchstone.  Mark Di Ionno is the latest guest on the award-winning podcast SportsJam with Doug Doyle.

Renee Taylor
Michael Bourne for WBGO

Theater critic Michael Bourne was super impressed by Renee Taylor's memoir performance of My Life on a Diet now playing Off-Broadway.

Click above to hear the review.

Illuminations
Bongiorno Productions for WBGO News

Illuminations: Short Films of Discovery is the latest work from Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, the Emmy-nominated, award winning, husband and wife, social justice filmmakers from Newark.  The Bongiornos this week preview four of their short fiction films at Cinema505 in Montclair.

The four short fiction films ANGUISH, HEARING VOICES, GLASS WORKS and MOTHERLAND were all inspired by French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s acclaimed Illuminations.

Duane Morgan
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Duane Morgan, the former West Orange High School and Adelphi University star is a rising basketball professional in Spain.  This year he’ll be playing for Plasencia in the LEB Plata League where the competition and the crowds are even better.

Morgan's journey to the professional ranks has been one of perserverance fueled by a strong family and passion to succeed. 

Duane Morgan is the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle

Mark Di Ionno
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Mark Di Ionno is a lifelong journalist who began his career as a sportswriter for the New York Post.  Most people know him for his front page columns for The Star Ledger and NJ.com.

Di Ionno's second novel is titled Gods of Wood and Stone.  It's published by Touchstone.

The two main characters created by the New Jersey resident is a blacksmith named Horace Mueller who lives in Cooperstown, New York and a shoe-in hall of fame Boston Red Sox baseball player Joe Grudeck. 

Glenn Crespo
David Tallacksen for WBGO

WBGO news anchor Glenn Crespo passed away this morning in Elizabeth, NJ following complications from a heart attack he suffered last week.  Glenn was part of many WBGO News awards and received a national PRNDI Award for his evening newscasts on this public radio station.   He also anchored many morning newscasts with Gary Walker since 2012.

Glenn Crespo's dedication, loyalty, professionalism and humor made him one of the most beloved and respected news anchors in the New York City market.  

Gage Daye
Doug Doyle for WBGO

Gage Daye is still one of the best basketball players in New Jersey and he's involved in three summer leagues.  Daye, a Newark native is doing all that while working as an assistant coach at Bloomfield College, where he's the school's all-time leading scorer.

Daye works for his mentor and current Bloomfield head coach Gerald Holmes.  The two men have great respect for each other on and off the court.

In 2011, Coach Holmes guided his team, that included his star guard Gage Daye, to an NCAA East Region championship and an appearance in the Elite Eight. 

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