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".

Voting Block
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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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

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.

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.

Governor Murphy and host Nancy Solomon of WNYC will discuss such issues as opioid addiction, sexual assaults in state government and anti-semitic violence and much more on the one-hour monthly show.  Submit your questions in advance at

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Pianist Gerald Clayton will perform his 75-minute mixed media concert Piedmont Blues: A Search for Salvation, this Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., at the Loreto Theater, Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. This concert performance is part of the 2020 Winter Jazzfest, and will be included in the Saturday marathon.

Ask Governor Murphy

The December 19 Ask Governor Murphy program focuses on a recent hate crime incident in Jersey City and several of the legislative measures that await Governor Murphy's signature.

Host Nancy Solomon of WNYC and Governor Murphy took phone calls and social media questions during the one-hour show in the WBGO studios in Newark.

Click above to hear the entire show.

The next show is set for January 8 at 7pm.

Vic Juris
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The amazing jazz guitarist Vic Juris passed away this morning at the age of 66. 

In 2014, Vic Juris was a guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle where he talked about his love of boxing.  Juris started following the sport when Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) fought Sonny Liston in 1964.  

Hope For The Warriors
Hope For The Warriors

The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Time Square has been a bucket list item since Ward and Amy Taft were married 23 years ago. Unfortunately, it kept getting put off because of the birth of two daughters and Ward's service in the Navy.

Ask Governor Murphy

WBGO has an exciting night of special programming this evening starting off with our monthly call-in program Newark Today, hosted by NJTV's Michael Hill.  Mayor Ras Baraka will be one of our guest as topics such as New York's homeless policies and Newark's drinking water are sure to prompt discussions and phone calls.

After that 7pm show, the next edition of Ask Governor Murphy will follow at 8pm. 

Mildred Antenor
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WBGO commentator and Seton Hall professor Mildred Antenor grew up in an immigrant community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.  She witnessed and experienced the hardships that immigrants in her vicinity faced everyday.

In her new book The Gladioli Are Invisible: A Memoir, Antenor vividly and honestly talks about the adversity she saw, such as drug abuse, mental illness, alcoholism and domestic violence.

She recently sat down with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to discuss her emotional journey through her memoir.

Lindsay Berra
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Sports journalist Lindsay Berra, the oldest grandchild of Yogi and Carmen Berra, refers to herself as a multi-platform storyteller. 

Having the legendary New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher as a grandfather can prompt lots of great stories and she shares many of them on this edition of SportsJam.

Lindsay Berra and host Doug Doyle met at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center on the campus of Montclair State University to talk about her career as both a sportswriter and an athlete, her passions and her famous family.

Dr. Greg Reid
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Bloomfield College will soon be the only institution in New Jersey to offer on-site court reporting instruction, offering two certificate programs starting in January 2020.  These certificate programs will prepare students for careers in scoping (certificate one), and judicial court reporting/captioning (certificate two).

The Director of the program, Dr. Greg Reid sat down recently at Bloomfield College with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle, who also teaches various radio classes at the college.


USAA has been a proud sponsor of the Army-Navy Game since 2009.  This year's matchup between the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (Black Knights) and the U.S. Naval Academy (Midshipmen) is set for Saturday, December 14 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

The 2019 Army-Navy Game marks the rivalry's 120th meeting and 89th time played in Philadelphia.

Eric Engquist, USAA Vice President Enterprise Brand Management chats with SportsJam Doug Doyle about the game, his military service and his company's role in a game that dates back to 1890.

Pete Dawkins
Mark Beech

The 2019 Army-Navy Game marks the rivalry's 120th meeting and 89th time played in Philadelphia. 

The Army-Navy Game pits the U.S Military Academy at West Point (Black Knights) against the U.S. Naval Academy (Midshipmen) at Lincoln Financial Field on December 14.

In 2012, former Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins  and author Mark Beech joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about the game and the book When Saturday Mattered Most: The Last Golden Season of Army Football.

Dr. King
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Deborah Simpkin King, Ph.D. is a visionary choral conductor, new music advocate and master teacher who has been thrilling audiences in New York and New Jersey for many years. 

Her semi-professional choral ensemble Ember of Schola Cantorum on Hudson is presenting a concert "An Ember December" this Sunday, December 8 at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 94 Pine Street in Montclair, New Jersey.

The famous conductor also leads the choir of the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township and is the host of public radio's Sounds Choral.

Bright Family
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Michael C. Bright, who is the President and CEO Of the YMCA of Newark, is a member of the Bucknell University Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Bright set numerous school and conference records as a member of the Bison basketball team, including most three pointers made in a career with 206 and most steals in a career.  He was the Patriot League player of the year as a senior in 1993. 

Renée Taylor
George Street Playhouse

Renée Taylor is an Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning writer and actress who also loves jazz.  Taylor co-wrote and stars in the autobiographical comedy MY LIFE ON A DIET through December 15 at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

In the one-woman show, Taylor looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway, and just as many fad diets.

Kelly McIntyre
T. Charles Erickson

The world premiere of the musical Love in Hate Nation is running at Two River Theater in Red Bank through December 1 with book, music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Joe Iconis. Iconis thrilled audiences at Two River and then on Broadway with the sensation Be More Chill.

Bloomfield College
Bloomfield College

The Bloomfield College Bears basketball team is expected to have another great season, and if last night was any indication, a possible championship one.  The Bears knocked off nationally-ranked St. Anselm 75-67.

Newark native and Bloomfield College senior Safee Abdus-Sabur led the Bears with 29 points.  It was the Bear's defense that locked down the powerful Hawks and kept them under 70 points, a goal for Bloomfield Head Coach Gerald Holmes.  Holmes and his assistant, Gage Daye, have both been SportsJam guests.

Vera Clemente
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Vera Clemente, the widow of legendary baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, passed away on Saturday, November 16 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  She was 78. 

As a Goodwill Ambassador for Major League Baseball, Vera impacted countless children and extended her family’s humanitarian legacy of helping those in need.  She also served as the chairwoman of the Roberto Clemente Foundation.

Vera is survived by three sons: Roberto Jr., Luis Roberto and Roberto Enrique. She actively extended her late husband’s philanthropic legacy long after Clemente’s tragic death on Dec. 31, 1972.


The WBGO News department won three New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) awards at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem.  It was a big night for WBGO's Alexandra Hill, who won two first-place awards for news and feature coverage of Newark schools and a youth summit.

Ask Governor Murphy

How is Governor Phil Murphy doing? Did you vote in the November election?  We want to hear from you tonight when the next edition of Ask Governor Murphy which airs this evening November 13 on WBGO at 7pm.

Ask Governor Murphy

One of the many topics of the November 13 Ask Governor Murphy show on WBGO was what was Governor Phil Murphy's reaction to the November election in New Jersey and the United States.

Host Nancy Solomon of WNYC was in the WBGO studios with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. 

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

Click above to hear the entire one hour call-in show.

Kean Stage
Kean Stage

The Kean Stage 2019/20 season continues with NPR's hit radio show Selected Shorts with Broadway, film and television actors Michael Cerveris, Dana Ivey and Richard Masur at Enlow Recital Hall in Hillside, New Jersey on November 16 at 7:30 p.m.

New York’s Symphony Space, which has presented Selected Shorts before a live audience since 1985, is bring the popular show to Enlow Recital Hall.