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.

Archbishop Tobin
Ang Santos for WBGO

There's a new Archbishop in Newark and he's the first Cardinal to hold the position in the 164-year history of the Archdiocese.  If he wasn’t dressed in the robes of a Cardinal, you might think Joseph Tobin was a bodybuilder.  As it turns out he sort of is.  Tobin and his six foot three frame were a regular fixture at a gym in Indianapolis, where he previously served as their Archbishop.  Late last year Pope  Francis had other ideas for him.  For Tobin that was a surprise.

Nat Hentoff during the annual "A Great Night in Harlem" Benefit Concert at The Apollo Theater in New York City.
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Lifelong Jazz and Blues fan Dr. Cornel West, the American philosopher, political activist and social critic wished he could have had more conversations with the late Village Voice columnist and jazz critic Nat Hentoff.  Listen above to Dr. West's thoughts on why Hentoff was so instrumental in his work.

Edison Jaquez
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After spending four months in jail for selling drugs six years ago, Edison Jaquez has turned his life around and is now giving back to his community.  Jaquez, of Perth Amboy, New Jersey is the 2016 Berkeley College Alumnus of the Year.  Jaquez created the mentor group B-Men so he could help troubled teenagers.  Listen above to the in-depth interview with the author and WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

Should you see The Babylon Line?

Jan 16, 2017
The Babylon Line
lincolncenter.org

Theater Critic Michael Bourne reviews one of the new plays of the 2017 season, The Babylon Line.  Listen above to see if Dr. Bourne was applauding at the end of the show.

Dr. Harry Franqui-Rivera
CUNY

Dr. Harry Franqui-Rivera is a historian, blogger, author and cultural critic who teaches several classes at Bloomfield College in New Jersey.  Rivera is an expert in the role Puerto Ricans have played in U.S. Military history.

The Global Tech Braintrust that is TWIT

Jan 9, 2017
TWIT
Jon Kalish for WBGO

Imagine hundreds of hard core geeks from around the world in one room, sitting at computers, ready, willing and able to help solve your tech problems.  This global brain trust does exist in cyberspace.  It's a chat room for a tech-focused podcast network known as TWIT.  TWIT is based in Northern California.

Doris Yao
Topher Forhecz for WBGO

The New York City Council may double the number of food vendors allowed on city streets. Proponents of the plan say the current cap on vending permits is outdated… And increasing it will hurt a black market that charges vendors thousands of dollars. But, critics of the plan worry adding more vendors could crowd public spaces. When Doris Yao immigrated to New York City in 1981 from Taiwan, she noticed there were not a lot of choices when it came to street food.

Frank Sinatra Jr.
WBGO

A tribute to the many of the celebrities and notables who passed this year including Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Monte Irvin, Frank Sinatra, Jr., David Bowie, Prince, Nancy Reagan, John Glenn and Fidel Castro.

Steve Mayer
Steve Mayer

NHL Executive Vice President Steve Mayer lives in West Caldwell, New Jersey and is also the league's executive producer of programming and creative development. Mayer talks to SportsJam host Doug Doyle about the EPIX Series highlighting two of the outdoor classic games as well as the future of the NHL.

Mayer had a 20-year career with IMG and excelled asa producer at various Olympic Games and the New York City Marathon.

In this edition of SportsJam, Mayer also talks about the newest stars in the NHL and the expansion of the league into Las Vegas.

Gene McCarthy
Gene McCarthy

Gene McCarthy is the guru of athletic footwear and is currently the President and CEO of ASICS America Corporation. McCarthy is a former All-American at Fordham University and semi-finalist at the 1980 Olympic Trials. McCarthy talks about his brand, his career and his business philosophy.

McCarthy credits the legendary runner, broadcaster and now jazz guitarist Marty Liquori for his business success.  Liquori was a guest on SportsJam in 2012.

Michael Connelly
Allan Wolper for WBGO

Bestselling mystery writer Michael Connelly has brought back his iconic, idealistic, acerbic, jazz loving, Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch back for a third season on Amazon Prime. Bosch, who Connelly named after 15th century artist Hieronymus Bosch, is a is a binger’s delight.

Dan Silna
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Dan Silna and his brother Ozzie made mega millions in a deal they made as their Spirits of St. Louis ABA franchise was left out of the NBA merger in 1976. The philanthropist talks about his ownership days, the deal and his passions including a panel discussion called "Lessons From the Munich Olympics" moderated by his former play-by-play man Bob Costas.

Silna rarely gives interviews, but he opens up in this SportsJam segment especially when talking about his family and his days as an owner in the ABA.

Meb Keflezighi
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2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Meb Keflezighi overcame tremendous odds to become a champion marathoner. Keflezighi, who won the NYC Marathon in 2009, says his most satisfying run was his victory at the Boston Marathon in 2014. The San Diego resident competed in the Rio Games this past summer at the age of 41.

In this edition of SportsJam with Doug Doyle, Keflezighi, who is also an author, talks about his journey, his family and his amazing running career.

Chuck Stewart
Doug Doyle for WBGO

Some of Chuck Stewart's most famous photos of jazz musicians are now on display in the WBGO hallways. Stewart, born in 1927, is best known for his portraits of  jazz singers and musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, and Miles Davis, as well as artists in the R&B and salsa genres.

Stewart's photographs have graced more than 2,000 album covers.  Stewart, who lives in Teaneck, NJ, talked about the process of shooting a star musician:

Eric S. Williams
Doug Doyle for WBGO

In 1975, Eric S. Williams became the first high school basketball player in Essex County to score 2,000 points when the 6'5" superstar played at Newark Academy.

Williams would eventually become captain of his UMASS hoop team.

"My dad was an incrediby bright guy and he really wanted me to go to an Ivy League school.  We talked alot about it.  Brown was probably after me the most.  It came down to Brown and UMass and my dad says I really want you to go to Brown, and he said listen I didn't have the same opportunities you have here, please go to Brown."

WoS
Write on Sports

The Write on Sports 10th Anniversary Gala is set for October 14, 2015.

Write on Sports Founder Byron Yake, WoS curriculum expert Dr. Erik Jacobson of MSU and WoS camper Elan Lakes join SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about Write on Sports program and how it gets kids excited about writing and researching.

WoS is a literacy/journalism program for at-risk middle school students that teaches youth how to write about sports as a way to inspire and help them to write.

Bernie Williams
WBGO

The New York Yankees retired Bernie Williams' #51 Jersey at Yankee Stadium in 2015. In this tribute encore edition, Bernie Williams talks about his baseball and music career.

Bernie Williams was first a guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle in 2009.  He spoke about his glory days with the Yankees and how he's enjoying his work as a jazz guitarist.

Williams, considered one of the most clutch playoff performers, played his entire 16-year career with the New York Yankees from 1991 through 2006.

John Ellerbee
The Ellerbee family and Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium

102-year old former baseball star John Ellerbee was one of the most dynamic guests on SportsJam with Doug Doyle and I never got to meet him in person. 

Ellerbee, who was big part of the 1930's semi-pro black baseball team The Smart Set, passed away a few months after this 2013 interview took place.  The Smart Set played their home games at Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson. 

Jim Caviezel
Doug Doyle for WBGO

Actor Jim Caviezel is best known for portraying Jesus Christ in the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ and from 2011 until 2016, as John Reese on the CBS science-fiction crime drama series Person of Interest

In a 2014 edition of SportsJam with Doug Doyle, Caviezel talked about his role in the movie When the Game Stands Tall, his acting career and his basketball days.

Bruce Cutler
Allan Wolper for WBGO

Bruce Cutler made his bones as one of the most flamboyant and controversial defense attorneys in recent history. His personal and professional relationship with the late mafia boss , John Gotti, known as “Teflon Don,” made headlines and spawned controversy.  

Melba Wilson
Allan Wolper for WBGO

Melba Wilson is the Queen of Comfort Food who holds court at Melba’s restaurant in Harlem, a neighborhood eatery that often attracts celebrities, movie stars, politicians and the media.

Melba honed her culinary skills in her grandmother’s kitchen, and later in Sylvia’s, the legendary eatery of her late aunt, Sylvia Woods, internationally known as the Queen of Southern Soul Food. 

Wilson showed off her talents on the Food Network when she bested famed chef Bobby Flay in an old fashioned Throwdown.

Earl Monroe
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Hall of Famer and Knicks legend Earl Monroe sat down with SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about his new book "Earl the Pearl: My Story" and his early days in South Philly.

Monore played for two NBA teams, the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks. Both teams have retired Monroe's number. Due to his on-court success and flashy style-of-play, Monroe was given the nicknames "Black Jesus" and "Earl the Pearl".

Mike Tyson
NJPAC

Former Boxing Champion Mike Tyson says he's finally happy. His one-man show "The Undisputed Truth" toured the country in 2013. 

He received a standing ovation at his performance at NJPAC in Newark on April 25, 2013.

In March of that year, Mike Tyson joined host Doug Doyle for this edition of SportsJam.

Click above to hear the entire show.

Jim Brown
Doug Doyle for WBGO

Many sports enthusiasts consider Jim Brown as the greatest athlete of all-time.  Some consider him the greatest football player.  Some say the HOF running back was also the best lacrosse player ever.  He excelled at both football and lacrosse at Syracuse University before going into the NFL with the Cleveland Browns.  Brown was enshrined the in Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

In September of 2012, SportsJam host Doug Doyle spoke with Brown about his sports career and life.

Dan Lauria
Broadway.com

Veteran actor Dan Lauria, best known for playing the father in ABC's hit The Wonder Years, wowed audiences in the title role in Broadway's Lombardi in 2010.

Lauria, one of the most geniune celebrities you'd ever want to meet, sat down with SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about the play, the legendary coach Vince Lombardi and his own love of football.

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