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".

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. 

A Taste of Newark
Link Community Charter School

2019 marks Link’s 50th anniversary and this Wednesday's A Taste of Newark celebration at NJPAC is an important milestone in the school’s history.

Maria Pilar Paradiso, Head of School at Link Community Charter School, came into WBGO to speak with News Director Doug Doyle about the popular fundraising event. 

Torah Bontrager
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Torah Bontrager, the founder and Executive Director the Amish Heritage Foundation was born and raised traditional Amish.  Bontrager says she escaped in the middle of the night at age 15 in order to go to high school. Eventually she graduated from Columbia University in New York

Now, through the Amish Heritage Foundation, she's attempting to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court case WI v. Yoder, which allows the Amish Church to keep its children from receiving an adequate education and from attending school beyond the Amish 8th grade.

Newark Athletic Hall of Fame
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The 31st Newark Athletic Hall of Fame Annual Awards Dinner brought together some of the greatest to wear a uniform or coach a team. 18 more recipients were inducted into the Hall from different eras.  The event was held at the Best Western Hotel in Newark on October 17.

Television personality Lisa Durden was a track star at Vailsburg High School and was part of the 1982 record-breaking mile relay team.  It took Columbia High School 28 years to break that amazing time.  Durden is pleased to see girls/women get their due in the Hall.

The Billie Holiday Theatre and Hollis King

The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn presents the world premiere of Reparations, by playwright James Sheldon and directed by Tony Award-nominated Michele Shay.

Reparations tells the story of a recently widowed white book editor who invites a younger black writer to her apartment, only to find that a night of tenderness and passion turns into a complex and unforeseen morning-after when he threatens to reveal a dark secret.


More than 180,000 New Jersey residents are living with Alzheimer's disease while many others are caring for a family member with Alzheimer's. 

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America's President and CEO and former New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. spoke to WBGO's News Director Doug Doyle about the Foundation's upcoming caregiver educational conference at Rutgers University's Busch Student Center in Piscatway on Tuesday, October 29. 

(A)loft Modulation

In his new play (A)loft Modulation, playwright James Jorsling brings to life 821 Sixth Avenue as it was during the 1950s and '60s, a time when musicians and others would be up until the wee hours. 

Jorsling takes us to a dilapidated five-floor walk-up loft in Manhattan's seedy flower district.  It's there where the magic happens.  Inspired by true events, (A)loft Modulation is directed by Christopher McElroen with this off-Broadway world premiere featuring a live jazz band led by saxophonist Jonathan Beshay.

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
T. Charles Erickson

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.