Category Archives: broadcasting

Remembering Broadcast Journalist Jack Perkins who passed away at 85

I got to know Jack when he moved to Sarasota. He was a guest on my radio show several times. A gentleman and a class act all the way.





“Artist Spotlight” Tribute to Doris Day

“Big Band Files with Doug Miles” tribute show to the great Doris Day





Don Henderson to be Inducted Into Philadelphia Broadcasters Hall of Fame

(Sarasota, FL) Congratulations to my broadcast colleague here in Sarasota, Don Henderson, who will be inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame at their annual Hall of Fame Banquet November 22, 2019 at Hilton City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue in Philadelphia. Don continues to have a great career in broadcasting. Some of the highlights are listed in the following biography as posted on the Broadcast Pioneers website.

Broadcast Pioneers member Don Henderson was born in Trenton, NJ where he graduated from Trenton High School in 1952. While at Trenton High, he was a member of the Eastern States Swimming and Diving Championship Teams in 1950, 1951 and 1952. He was also a member of the NJ State Championship teams in the same years. He was selected by the National Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Coaches Association as an All American. In 1952 Don went to the University of Texas on a swimming scholarship. He also played baseball at Texas University.

From 1957 until 1960, Don broadcast on WBUD in Trenton. He did the daily sports show and a two-way telephone show, 2 hours a day, Monday through Friday. During that time he also covered High School football, basketball and also did Eastern Professional Basketball and college basketball.

From 1960 to 1964, Don moved to WTTM in Trenton where he broadcast football and basketball as well as a 2-way talk radio show. At that time, he also broadcast boxing from Madison Square Garden.

During the 1960s, Don had a 2-hour Jazz show which aired from the Club Fifty in Trenton, which he owned with his brothers. The show featured Doc Severinsen, Coleman Hawkins, Clark Terry, Jerome Richardson, Herbie Green and The Art Farmer Quintet. The house band members included Johnny Coates Jr, Tony Di Nicola and John Ellis.

In 1967, Don moved to Channel 29 in Philadelphia to create a new show. It was part of a news block which consisted of two newscasts, 6 pm and 11 pm. He worked with Taylor Grant, Alan Scott, who did the news and Carol Henderson, who did the weather. While at Channel 29, Don created the first two-way talk television show in Philadelphia. He broadcast major college basketball games and interviewed major sports personalities from the Phillies, Sixers, Eagles and the Flyers. He also created the Notre Dame pre-game show with Eagle quarterback Norm Snead. He also did the wrap up show. Don also worked for Channel 17 covering indoor soccer.

At WCAU Radio (now WPHT) Don did two-way talk shows, the Phillies General Manager Show, Pre and Post Phillies game shows, play by play by the Philadelphia Sixers, The Buddy Ryan Show, from the Ribbet and the Mike Schmidt Show. While at WWDB, he did 76’ers basketball and morning sports news. While at WIP, he covered Temple football.

For 16 years he broadcast Temple basketball plus the NCAA Tournament games and the NIT for Temple University. On Prism TV, he broadcast 76’ers basketball play by play and Philadelphia Inquirer Track and Field.

While at Philadelphia Park Race Track along with Hugh Gannon, Don created simulcast betting on TV and he also interviewed the owners, jockeys and trainers.

In Don’s retirement, he worked in Sarasota, Florida for Comcast, Channel 19 and WSRQ 1220, and WTMY radio covering sports and entertainment. Currently Don does a two-hour talk Internet blog show once a week on the Fighting Network from Sarasota covering all sports.





“Book Talk” guest Robert Crais author “A Dangerous Man”

Doug Miles talks with Robert Crais author “A Dangerous Man (An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel)” on “Talk Across America”. Book link available below.





Remembering Woodstock 50 Years Ago with WNEW Newsman Mike Eisgrau

Doug Miles talks with with Mike Eisgrau who covered Woodstock 50 years ago for WNEW 1130 AM radio in New York City. Mike describes his harrowing trip to get to the concert and some of the “interesting” people he interviewed. Mike also talks about working for the iconic WNEW 1130 AM radio news department in the heyday of the station.





40th Anniversary of Yankee Captain Thurman Munson’s Death in a Plane Crash

Marty Appel, former PR Director for the NY Yankees talks about his book “Munson the life and death of a Yankee Captain”. Thurman Munson died in a plane crash Aug. 2, 1979.





“Book Talk guest Shari Lapena author “Someone We Know”

Doug Miles talks with best selling author Shari Lapena about her new thriller “Someone We Know” on “Talk Across America”. Book link available below:





WDAE Becomes New Radio Outlet For USF Football Broadcasts

(Tampa, FL) USF Athletics and IHeartMedia & Entertainment, Inc. will start a new partnership beginning in the 2019-20 season that will make WDAE (95.3 & 96.7 FM/620 AM), the home of USF football radio broadcasts and expand USF’s “Bulls Unlimited” digital radio offering to two channels on iHeart Radio.

“We are very excited to be partnering with one of the most widely listened to sports stations in the state to bring USF football games to our fans and expand our groundbreaking digital platform,” Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly said. “WDAE is synonymous with sports in the Bay area and we look forward to a tremendous partnership that will continue to expand the USF brand and help connect more fans with the excitement of our Bulls sports teams.”

The three-year agreement will begin this fall with WDAE airing USF football games live on three stations that simulcast the WDAE signal – 95.3 FM, 96.7 FM and 620 AM. All Bulls football games will be carried on the WDAE stations except when conflicts arise with Tampa Bay Rays baseball games. When Rays game conflicts exist, USF football games will air on WHNZ 1250 AM over the air and continue to be carried on the “Bulls Unlimited” iHeart Radio channel.

“We are thrilled to welcome USF to the iHeartMedia family,” Market President Chris Soechtig said. “Having a partnership with Tampa Bay’s home team on 95.3 WDAE further solidifies our commitment to deliver exceptional local sports coverage to our listeners. We are counting down the days to kick off!”

As part of the new iHeartMedia agreement, USF will expand its popular digital radio outlet to two “Bulls Unlimited” channels, allowing much greater bandwidth and flexibility in carrying game broadcasts and other programming surrounding USF’s 19 sports teams. The “Bulls Unlimited” digital channel on iHeart Radio, which launched in 2017 as just the second digital radio channel in college athletics, will continue to carry all football games and will become the primary home of USF men’s and women’s basketball and baseball broadcasts. WDAE will carry broadcasts of some postseason contests involving USF basketball and baseball over the air.

WDAE will also broadcast the USF Football Radio Show on a weekly basis throughout the season as well as the last hour of the pregame show and a 30-minute postgame show during football game broadcasts. The first hour of the Bulls’ traditional two-hour football pregame show will air exclusively on “Bulls Unlimited.”

The two “Bulls Unlimited” stations on iHeart Radio will continue to carry 24/7 digital streaming of USF Athletics content, including live game broadcasts across several sports and coaches shows.

USF opens the season on Fri., Aug. 30 with an ESPN primetime game with Wisconsin at 7 p.m. in Raymond James Stadium.





“Book Talk” guest Stephen Hunter author “Game of Snipers” a Bob Lee Swagger Novel

Doug Miles talks with best-selling author Stephen Hunter about his newest thriller, “Game of Snipers” a Bob Lee Swagger Novel on “Talk Across America”. Book link available below in the Amazon box:





“Book Talk” guest James Hansen author “First Man The Life of Neil A. Armstrong”

Doug Miles talks with James R. Hansen author “First Man, The Life of Neil A. Armstrong”.