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 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".

Michael Bapis
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Michael Bapis has used his sports background to help him give financial advice to many professional athletes and entertainers.  He's the Managing Director for Vios Advisors, the wealth management firm that is part of Rockefeller Capital Management. Vios Advisors specializes in working with high-net-worth individuals and families, preserving and optimizing their wealth.

Ask Governor Murphy

Last night's Ask Governor Murphy call-in show on WBGO covered a range of topics including lead in the drinking water, vaping, the Meadowlands power plant and NJ Transit.

WBGO News Director Doug Doyle filled in for regular host Nancy Solomon of WNYC.

Ask Governor Murphy is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC  in New York and WHYY in Philadelphia.

Goldin Auctions
Goldin Auctions

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is probably the most decorated athlete in history, dominating during his high school days, his amazing 3-time championship career at UCLA and his 20-year, six championship NBA career.

Now Goldin Auctions is offering 48 items from Kareem Abdul Jabbar's personal collection.  Kareem and Frank Dinote, controller with Goldin Auctions, joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle to share memories and talk about the items up for auction through October 19.

Ask Governor Murphy

WBGO, in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY, presents tonight at 8 o'clock the next edition of Ask Governor Murphy, a live call-in broadcast with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. The number to call is 844-677-9283, or on social media with #askgovmurphy.

Filling in tonight for host (WNYC's) Nancy Solomon is WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

Governor Murphy and Doyle will discuss such issues as vaping, lead in drinking water, NJ Transit and much more on the one-hour monthly show.  Submit your questions in advance at

Chris Thorn
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Cyrano,  written by Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers, is an adaptation from the famous play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand.  Cyrano is directed by Meredith McDonough and is a co-production with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

One of the stars of Cyrano, Chris Thorn, has been a part of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in the past. Thorn recently sat down at Two River Theater with WBGO's Doug Doyle to talk about this production, his career and Two River Theater.

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The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the North Carolina Arts Council, the N.C. African American Heritage Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced this week that more than $60,000 has been raised during the North Carolina Year of Music to benefit the rehabilitation and preservation of Nina Simone’s childhood home in Tryon, N.C.

Dr. Marcheta Evans
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When Dr. Marcheta (pronounced Mar-KEET-ah) Evans became the new President of Bloomfield College in June, students say they immediately noticed an energy and commitment to them.  Dr. Evans is the first woman and first African American president of Bloomfield College in the school's 150-year history.

Dr. Evans, who served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, becomes Bloomfield's 17th President.  Her inauguration is set for December 6.

Jessica Berman
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The National Lacrosse League (NLL), the largest men’s professional lacrosse league, is preparing for another thrilling season with a new Deputy Commissioner and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs.  Jessica Berman becomes the first woman to hold the title of Deputy Commissioner at any professional sports league in North America.

Berman, who spent 13 years at the National Hockey League, will work closely NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz as the league welcomes two new expansion teams for the 2019-20 season, the New York Riptide and the Rochester Knighthawks.

Newark Porchfest

Following in the porch steps of many other cities across the country, the first annual Newark Porchfest makes its debut this Saturday, Sept. 28.  Newark Porchest will showcase professional and amateur artists and turn neighborhood porches in the Forest Hill Historic District into stages and galleries.

Dan Zanella, senior event producer for Newark Porchfest, says attendees will be able to walk, ride bikes or scooters, or push strollers as they move from one stage to another listening to a variety of musicians and visual artists.

Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Community FoodBank of New Jersey

This coming Wednesday September 25, WBGO partners with United Way of Greater Newark and Community FoodBank of New Jersey to put a dent into food insecurity in our area.

For every $60 pledge of support to WBGO, the partners are able to purchase nutritious food for a family backpack.

WBGO News Director Doug Doyle spoke recently with Carlos M. Rodriguez, President and CEO of Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Catherine Wilson, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Newark.

Click above to hear the entire interview about what you can do to help this Wednesday.

UNCF and Kat Team Foundation
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The 2nd annual UNCF New Jersey 5K Walk/Run for Education in partnership with Kat Team Foundation is set for Saturday, September 21 at Brookdale Park on Watchung Avenue in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

The morning event, which has registration at 8am and begins at 9am, looks to bring together individuals, family members, friends and co-workers to participate and help raise much needed funds to help address college-bound students’ financial obstacles so that they are able to get to and through college.

Michael Bourne
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WBGO's Michael Bourne has experienced thousands of musical events throughout his amazing career as an announcer for the greatest jazz station in the world.

But before he came to WBGO, he was a young reporter who got a chance to cover Woodstock 50 years ago.

His journey was unforgettable.

Click above to hear Michael retell his trip to Woodstock.

Ask Governor Murphy

On the most recent edition of Ask Governor Murphy on WBGO, Goveror Murphy spoke with host Nancy Solomon about what's being done about the high levels of lead in Newark's drinking water.  Governor Murphy made it clear that it's not just a local problem, but a national crisis with so many towns and cities using old lead pipes.

Click above to hear Governor Murphy from the August 14 edition of Ask Governor Murphy.

Ask Governor Murphy

What do you think about the Newark water crisis? As chair-elect of the Democratic Governor's Association, what can Governor Murphy do to stop the mass shootings across the country? Do you think the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford going to be a positive move?  These are some of the topics that we'll address tomorrow night (Wednesday August 14) during the next edition of Ask Governor Murphy airs on WBGO at 8pm.

Host Nancy Solomon and Governor Murphy will be in the WBGO studios taking your phone calls and social media questions.

Rhonda Hamilton

Walter Wade worked for WBGO for more than 20 years, several of them as host of the popular Filet of Soul program.

Wade remembers listening to his eventual radio colleague Rhonda Hamilton early in her career when she hosted an evening program on Jazz 88 called Ancestral Streams.

Lesley Karsten

Astor Piazzolla wrote and performed some of the most affecting music of the 20th Century - rooted in the tango tradition but expanded and renewed by elements from European classical music, klezmer, and jazz. As a result, what was once dance music in Buenos Aires has become, reimagined by Piazzolla, part of the repertoire of chamber groups and symphonic orchestras around the world. 

Robert Morgenthau

Legendary Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau has died at the age of 99.

His distinguished 35-year career included countless convictions and high-profile cases, including Bernie Goetz and John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman. He also developed a reputation for going after white-collar criminals.

Willie Cole
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Award-winning contemporary American Sculptor, conceptual and visual artist, painter and printer Willie Cole was born in Newark but his artwork is loved worldwide. 

Cole, who now lives in Mine Hill, New Jersey and part-time in Los Angeles, is excited about his latest project that will eventually end up in a Newark school.  He'll be using 16 and 8 ounce water bottles to create a 30-foot kid sculpture.  It's not the first time he used water bottles in an artistic way.

Ask Governor Murphy

WBGO, in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY hosts "Ask Governor Murphy," a live call-in broadcast with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. Do you have a question? Ask it here!

The show will feature the Governor as well as topical guests from our partners. WNYC's Nancy Solomon will host. Tune in at 7 p.m., July 17 to WBGO, 88.3FM or here at

Savion Glover
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Legendary tapper, choreographer, director and actor Savion Glover of Newark presents the world premiere of his innovative new work Lady5@Savion Glover's BaRoQUe' BLaK TaP Cafe to the Joyce Theater from July 2 to July 7.

Glover came into WBGO to speak with News Director Doug Doyle about the show that transforms the Joyce Theater into a cafe using dance as a means to illustrate the evolution of thought and self-identity.

Newark City Hall
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Some area mayors joined with city officials, state representatives and other on the steps of Newark City Hall Monday, denouncing The Trump Administration’s plans to conduct pre-dawn ICE raids. Those raids were scheduled to happen Sunday but were postponed for a couple of weeks.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says they reject President Trump’s attack on undocumented families across the United States.  He calls the raids outrageous. 

Teresa St. Frances
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Elmwood Park, New Jersey resident Teresa St. Frances would rather be called a "spiritual messenger" than a psychic medium. 

The author of the 2016 book What Happens The Day After?:  Messages From Adolescent Suicides says she knew she had a special gift at the age of four. 

St. Frances sat down recently with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about her career, connecting with the "other side" and the teenage suicide epidemic.  

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Drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison have personal history going back more than 40 years.

Dr. John

The music world lost one of its unique performers this week with the passing of New Orleans legendary pianist Dr. John.

Kevin Atlas
Varsity Brands

Kevin Atlas, formerly known as Kevin Laue, has become one of the top inspirational speakers in the United States following a basketball career at Manhattan College. 

Atlas, who in 2009 became the first person with one arm to earn a Division I basketball scholarship, teamed up in February of this year with Varsity Brands, the market leader in sport, spirit and achievement to educate students and faculty about the incredible power of "believing in yourself."

Kamilah Forbes
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The first major expansion of The Apollo in Harlem is underway, part of the iconic theater's 85th anniversary season. 

The Apollo's Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about the expansion and the upcoming show Twisted Melodies, a powerful one-man show based on the life of ’70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway.

The non-profit is expanding with a new theater, The Victoria, and becoming the Apollo Performing Arts Center.

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Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor's Oo-Bla-Dee runs from June 8 through June 30 at Two River Theater.

Oo-Bla-Dee follows Evelyn Waters and the Diviners, an all-black, all-female jazz band, as they travel from St. Louis to Chicago in order to set up a record deal following the end of World War II.

Taylor joined Obie-Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (orginal music for Oo-Bla-Dee) and Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson on stage recently for a live panel discussion, hosted by WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

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Actress Joneice Abbott-Pratt is thoroughly enjoying her role as "Sally-Mae Carter" in Too Heavy for Your Pocket, the latest production at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick.

Jireh Breon Holder's Too Heavy for Your Pocket won the prestigious 2017 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award and takes audiences to Nashville in the summer of 1961, when the Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South.


Friday, May 12 is the deadline for applications for the New Voices Engagement Fellow. WBGO in partnership with the Free Press look to retain a News Voices Engagement Fellow for a pilot project that has been funded for one year.

The position is a full-time, salaried, exempt, fixed term for 12 months from date of hire.

Norma Miller

Choreographer, actress, author, comedian and Lindy Hop legend Norma Miller, known as the “Queen of Swing,” died at her home in Fort Meyers, Florida at the age of 99.

Longtime manager and caretaker John Biffar made the announcement earlier this week saying Miller was surrounded by loved ones and friends. “Norma overcame every obstacle with love. After twenty-five years in her company, at 99, she was still the coolest friend I ever had.”