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".

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
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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
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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
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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.

Pianist Adar Broshi died at 19 on April 5, 2019, after two and a half years of fighting a rare childhood cancer. During that heroic battle, Broshi wrote and recorded music.

Some of those songs — combining feelings of joy, uncertainty and the will to fight on — appear on a new album by the Avi Adrian Trio, Songs From A Dream: The Music of Adar Broshi.

Willie
Laurence Mathieu-Leger

Laurence Mathieu-Leger and Bryant McBride's critically acclaimed documentary Willie is now airing on ESPN in celebration of Black History Month.  It's the incredible story of trailblazer and Hockey Hall of Famer Willie O'Ree. 

Mathieu-Leger's first feature length documentary about the NHL's first black player has already won several awards during its festival run, including the Hot Docs Film Festival's Top 5 Audience Favorite and the Downtown LA Film Festival's Best Sports Documentary.

Radio Golf
Yurik L. Lozano

Obie Award-winning actor and director Brandon J. Dirden (King Hedley II, Seven Guitars) returns to Two River Theater in Red Bank, N.J., to direct the theater's sixth production from playwright August Wilson's The American Century Cycle.

Radio Golf is the Cycle's 10th and final play, set in 1997 in Pittsburgh's Hill District. It will run from Feb. 29 through March 22 at Two River's Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater in Red Bank, N.J.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy is tonight at 7 p.m. on WBGO and www.wbgo.org. 

Join host Nancy Solomon of WNYC and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy as they talk about such topics as sexaul harrassment in the workplace, Ice deployment to sanctuary cities like Newark, NJ Transit and teacher accountability.

The number to call is 844-677-9283, or on social media with #askgovmurphy.

Submit your questions in advance at AskGovMurphy.org.

Bob Max
Bob Max for WBGO News

An impressive military uniform displaying a Purple Heart and other medals of valor, dog tags with the Star of David on them, war-time letters to his parents and pictures chronicling the life an American hero…it’s all part of the new exhibit at the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark titled The Long March Home: A World War II Story.

MTW
newark.rutgers.edu

"Black Futures: What Seems to Be, Need Not Be" is the theme of the 40th annual Marion Thompson Wright (MTW) Lecture Series. The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience is presenting the scholarly day-long event on Feb. 15 in the Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers University-Newark.

Voting Block
Chrystofer "Dolo Foto” Davis

The Center For Cooperative Media at Montclair State University is in the midst of its latest Voting Block initative which is designed to amplify the voices of people who live in various cities.  This time Voting Block is focusing on Paterson, Newark and Camden.

Voting Block's Manya Brachear Pashman came into the WBGO studios to talk to WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about the project and WBGO's News Voices Fellow Brit Harley's role as a facilitator in the Newark part of the grant-funded initiative.

Chris Doleman
Joe Favorito for WBGO News

Football fans around the world are mourning the loss of NFL Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman who passed away Tuesday after a courageous battle with brain cancer that lasted more than two years.  Doleman was 58.

Doleman spent the majority of his fabulous football career with the Minnesota Vikings.  The University of Pittsburgh great also played for the Atlanta Falcons  and San Francisco 49ers.  He was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection.  

It was in August of 2014 that Chris Doleman was a guest on SportsJam

Bob Ottenhoff
Bob Ottenhoff

Amy Niles has resigned as President and CEO of WBGO. The decision came after a consultation with the Board of Trustees and a board-requested independent counsel review of WBGO’s management policies.

WBGO founder and inaugural station manager Robert Ottenhoff will serve as the station’s interim President and CEO.

WBGO Board of Trustees Chairman Karl Frederic gave a statement about the changes.

Doug Doyle for WBGO

With the Super Bowl coming up this Sunday between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, sports betting is expected to be at an all-time high in states like New Jersey.

 Gov. Phil Murphy signed New Jersey sports betting into law in June of 2018, and the first legal bets were place three days later.

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game.  It was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Boston, MA but last June DraftKings unveiled its new office space in Hoboken, NJ.

Janet Duch
Doug Doyle for WBGO

The New York Guardians are one of eight teams in the newly created XFL.  The American football team will play its home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the same stadium that houses the New York Giants and New York Jets. 

The home opener for the Guardians, coached by former Giants offensive coordinator and former LA Chargers head coach Kevin Gilbride, will be February 9 against the Tampa Bay Vipers at 2pm.

Jimmy Heath
Terry Sheridan for WBGO News

In 2008, SportsJam host Doug Doyle brought two legendary figures together to talk about how they dealt racial segregation in the Jim Crow Era and well as the synergy between music and baseball.

The late baseball Hall of Famer Monte Irvin joined the conversation from his home in Houston, Texas while iconic saxophist, arranger, composer and 2003 NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath spoke from his home in New York City.

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Playwright Jewelle Gomez was one of the lucky people who got to see jazz and blues singer and songwriter Alberta Hunter perform at The Cookery in Greenwich Village, New York.

Gomez was so inspired by Hunter's music and life that eventually she wanted to write about the legend who had a successful career from the early 1920s to the late 1950s, and then stopped performing.  Then in 1977, after twenty years of working as a nurse, Alberta Hunter successfully resumed her popular singing career until her death.

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Wonderful music will once again fill Bethany Baptist Church this Sunday, as the Church's Lecture Committee presents "Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." Vocalist and songwriter Cassandra Wilson will be the special musical guest at Sunday's program, which begins at 2:30 p.m.

Three of the people involved in the program sat down this week with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about the event. 

Bethany Baptist Church's Minister of Music Rev. Karlos Nichols says Dr. King loved many kinds of music.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO

The latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy, hosted by WNYC's Nancy Solomon, focused on several key topics including how Governor Murphy feels about the U.S. airstrike that killed an Iranian General, increased reports of sexual assaults in state government and the recent increase in hate crimes.

Ask Governor Murphy is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WHYY and WNYC.  The monthly show originates from the WBGO studios in Newark.

During the show, the number to call is 844-677-9283, or on social media with #askgovmurphy.

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