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Doug was bitten with the broadcasting bug as a kid listening to Knick and Ranger games on the radio. That led to him and his friend Pete announcing the play-by-play while playing Bobby Hull table hockey in the basement and street hockey in the driveway. Doug got behind his first radio mike at WBAU 90.3FM, Adelphi University's radio station doing top of the hour newscasts. In his first week on the air, President Reagan was shot and Doug spent the next four hours anchoring the events of that historic day. At WBAU Doug did play-by-play of Adelphi Panther Basketball, Baseball, Soccer and Lacrosse, interview programs and brought the Big Band Sound to Long Island on his weekly show. After graduation, Doug continued working in radio at WHLI, WKJY and WGBB doing sports, news and providing reports for both of New York City's all-news outlets, WINS and WCBS. Moving to the Tampa Bay area, he hosted a weekly Jazz program at WUSF-FM as well as a national sports-talk show on the Sun Broadcasting Network. Doug also worked at St. Petersburg's WLFF as a copy writer, newscaster as well as hosting a Big Band show. When WFNS became Tampa Bay's first all-sports station out of Plant City, Doug moved there as anchor, reporter and talk-show host. Doug hosted an oldies program on WAMR and a Hot Country show on WCTQ in Sarasota. He also worked at WUSF's Radio Reading Service, a special frequency for blind and incapacitated listeners reading the daily newspapers over the air. Doug served as Station Manager at WSRQ in Sarasota, FL. He created the "Suncoast Magazine" where he interviewed over 7000 celebrities, authors, politicians, athletes and newsmakers. He also created "The Big Band Files" featuring the best in American Popular music and interviews with the artists and singers which has also aired on WSLR 96.5FM in Sarasota and WTMY 1280 AM. Doug has created and hosted "NFL Magazine" and "Sports Forum" and has done play-by-play for local high school football, pro-football and boxing matches. He has covered the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays and is a fixture at all the Bay area sporting events. Doug has been the media coordinator for the Sarasota Millionaires Football Team, one of the most successful minor league football teams in the country. He has just completed his 7th season as the team’s play-by-play announcer for both radio and podcast broadcasts. He has also covered the team by writing stories for the team and league websites. In 2010 Doug began his Tampa Bay Media column for www.examiner.com. He has been the play-by-play announcer for high school football calling games for several schools in the Sarasota/Bradenton area as well as covering the FHSAA playoffs and championships at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. He has produced campaign videos for Senator Bob Smith who ran for the 2010 Florida Senate Seat. Doug has been a panelist on "Talking Sports" and "It's All About Health" which aired on Comcast Cable Television throughout southwest Florida. He created and hosts "Political Roundtable" featuring interviews with newsmakers and journalists covering the political arena. He hosted “Florida Watch” on METV in Manatee County. Doug hosts a sports show on BlogTalkRadio.com with legendary Philadelphia sports announcer Don Henderson. He produces and hosts a weekly internet show on hockey called “The Puck Stops Here” which can be seen on multiple platforms including YouTube. He produces and hosts “Book Talk” featuring interviews with authors on BlogTalkRadio. Doug also serves as Master of Ceremonies at various events such as the Sarasota Jazz Festival. In addition to radio, Doug has worked in the Information Technology field as a technical writer and website developer as well as owning a video production business. When not on the air, Doug enjoys tennis, golf and digital photography.

Tampa Bay Rays Open 7th Spring Training in Charlotte County February 23rd

(St. Petersburg, FL) The Tampa Bay Rays will begin their 18th spring training and seventh in Charlotte County on Monday, February 23 when first-year Manager Kevin Cash and his staff welcome 38 pitchers and catchers to Charlotte Sports Park. The players will take the field at 9:30 a.m. The first full-squad workout is scheduled for February 28 when the camp expands to 62 players, including 22 non-roster invites. For all spring training workouts, admission and parking are free.

There will be many new faces. In his first 92 days as President of Baseball Operations, Matt Silverman engineered seven trades involving a total of 30 players; added two major league free agents; signed all eight arbitration eligible players prior to the exchange deadline; and hired a rookie major league manager and two major league coaches.

Eleven players on the 40-man roster were not in the organization when the Rays opened spring training camp last year on February 15, and eight have joined the organization since the end of the 2014 regular season. Thirty-two of the 40 players on the current roster made their Rays debut in 2012 or later.

The Rays will begin their defense of the Grapefruit League crown on Thursday, March 5 vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Charlotte Sports Park. In 2014, the Rays had Major League Baseball’s best spring training record (16-7-4), and their Grapefruit League title was their third in the last seven seasons, following 2008 and 2010. Since 2008, the Rays have the majors’ fourth-best record in the regular season and the fourth best record in spring training play. Since becoming the Rays in 2008, the team has recorded at least 15 wins in six out of seven spring trainings. They had never achieved this in 10 springs as the Devil Rays.

On Friday, March 6 prior to the Rays vs. Minnesota Twins game at Charlotte Sports Park, the Rays will continue their annual tradition of shaving their heads as part of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s “Cut for a Cure.” For the fourth consecutive year, Rays coaches, players and front office staff will shave their heads to pay tribute to children fighting cancer. To show support for a player or participant, the public is encouraged to text “PCF” to 20222 to make a $10 donation or visit pcfcutforacure.org. Fans will be able to shave their heads with the Rays that day and receive a “Rays Cut for a Cure” T-shirt for a $100 donation. That game will also be the 500th spring training game in club history.

NEW FACES ON THE 40-MAN ROSTER (8)
Signed as Free Agents (2): INF Asdrubal Cabrera, RHP Ernesto Frieri
Acquired in Trades (6): RHP Jose Dominguez, C/DH John Jaso, RHP Kevin Jepsen, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, OF Steven Souza Jr.

KEY LOSSES (10)
Released (1): C Jose Molina
Traded (9): SS Yunel Escobar, C Ryan Hanigan, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, OF Matt Joyce, OF Wil Myers, RHP Joel Peralta, LHP Cesar Ramos, INF/OF Sean Rodriguez, INF/OF Ben Zobrist

IMPORTANT DATES
Friday, February 20, Noon—Pre-spring training press conference at Charlotte Sports Park with Rays Manager Kevin Cash and President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman. Lunch will be provided by the Charlotte Harbor Visitor and Convention Bureau following the press conference.

Saturday, February 21, 11 a.m.—2015 Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field. Most Rays players and coaches are expected to attend.

Monday, February 23, 9:30 a.m.—First workout, pitchers and catchers.

Friday, February 27, 8 a.m.—Photo Day for Media Only. All players and coaches will be available for head-and-shoulders photos. Media planning to attend should notify the Rays Communications dept.

Saturday, February 28, 9:30 a.m.—First workout, full squad and Spring Training Fan Day.

Wednesday, March 4, 12:30 p.m.—Rays Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Rays Baseball Foundation at Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Bradenton (15150 70th Terrace E.). All Rays players and coaches are expected to attend.

Thursday, March 5, 1:05 p.m.—Military Appreciation Day at Rays Grapefruit League opener vs. Baltimore Orioles at Charlotte Sports Park.

Friday, March 6 (pregame)—For the fourth consecutive year, the Rays will shave their heads in support of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s “Cut for a Cure” program.

DID YOU KNOW? Last March, readers of USA Today voted Charlotte Sports Park their favorite spring training destination. Those visitors accounted for an economic impact value of nearly $21 million for Charlotte County in 2014, according to data supplied by the Charlotte Harbor Visitor and Convention Bureau. The Rays-Red Sox game last March 19 drew 7,852 fans, the largest crowd in the 22- year history of spring training baseball in Charlotte County.

MINOR LEAGUE CAMP—The first workout for minor league pitchers and catchers at Charlotte Sports Park is March 7. The first workout for minor league position players is March 11. At that time there will be approximately 150 players in minor league camp.

RAYS PARTNER WITH CHARLOTTE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR—The Sixth Annual BaseBALL Dinner & Auction benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County will be held on Friday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m., at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda. To purchase tickets, fans should call (941) 979-8379. For the sixth consecutive year, the Rays will be featured at the event. Expected this year are Rays Manager Kevin Cash, his coaching staff and several players.

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Book Talk guest Mike Ritland author Team Dog How to Train Your Dog the Navy Seal Way


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Baltimore Orioles Reach To Host 5th Annual Birdland Golf Classic February 23rd

(Sarasota, FL) On Monday, February 23, the Orioles will hold the 5th Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at The Founders Club to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. The event begins with registration and lunch at 11:00 a.m., with a shotgun start set for 12:30 p.m. The registration deadline for this year’s event is this Sunday, February 8.

The classic will feature a silent auction and the chance to play a round with current and former Orioles players and coaches. Manager Buck Showalter and current Orioles Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Darren O’Day and Chris Tillman are among the many Orioles scheduled to attend. Since its inception, the Birdland Golf Classic has raised more than $125,000 for the Miracle League of Manasota.

For the 14,000 school-aged children with disabilities and their adult counterparts in Sarasota and Manatee counties, a synthetically-surfaced baseball field with all the requisite amenities was built in 2012 in Longwood Park, 6050 Longwood Run Boulevard, north of University Parkway in Sarasota. Sarasota County committed $500,000 to building the field, with the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates each contributing $75,000. Since opening in March 2012, the league has played six seasons.

For more information or to register for the golf event, visit www.miracleleaguemanasota.org or contact the Miracle League of Manasota at (941) 225-2966 or info@miracleleaguemanasota.org.

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2015 Rays Fan Fest Autograph Passes To Go On Sale Wednesday

(St. Petersburg, FL) Autograph passes for the 2015 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest presented by the Tampa Bay Times will go on sale this week. Rays Fan Fest is scheduled for Saturday, February 21 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Tropicana Field. For the 20th consecutive year, admission and parking for Rays Fan Fest are free.

Like last year, autographs at Fan Fest will only be available with the purchase of an autograph pass. These player-specific passes go on sale to the general public at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4 exclusively on raysbaseball.com (subject to availability). Rays Members—Season Ticket Holders and Flex Pack buyers—will also receive information regarding pre-sale opportunities for these passes.

Autograph passes provide access to a player at a specific time frame during Fan Fest. A limited number of passes will be sold for each signing player and all sales must be completed online, exclusively on raysbaseball.com, in advance of Fan Fest and will not be available for sale on the day of or during Fan Fest. The cost of each autograph pass is $25 per player.

All proceeds from autograph sales will benefit the ALS Association Florida Chapter. At Rays Fan Fest in 2014, between the Rays Charity Yard Sale at 162 Landing and autograph sales, $100,000 was raised to benefit local charities.

Once again, there will be one player autograph station free for kids 14 and under and for fans who have purchased autograph passes. More than 30 former major league players will be available to sign autographs for free throughout the day to go along with personalized interaction with Rays players and coaches and numerous activities for kids.

Additionally, fans can become a Rays Member by purchasing a limited edition Fan Fest Flex Pack that includes a Kevin Kiermaier Bobblehead and an autograph pass pre-sale opportunity by visiting raysbaseball.com or calling 888-FAN-RAYS.
For more information about the 2015 Rays Fan Fest, fans can visit raysbaseball.com/fanfest. More event details will be released soon.

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Tampa Bay Rays Will Again Outfit Area Little Leaguers

(St. Petersburg, FL) For the second consecutive spring, the Tampa Bay Rays will provide jerseys and caps to over 5,500 T-ball players and coaches for more than 50 Little Leagues from nine surrounding districts. The program will reach Little League T-ball teams in Charlotte, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.

The Rays will kick off the initiative the weekend of February 7-8 when the team will distribute the uniforms and conduct clinics for the T-ball players and coaches. Rays manager Kevin Cash, who played on the Northside Little League team that represented Tampa in the 1989 Little League World Series, will address the coaches on Saturday, February 7. Rays players, Grant Balfour and Jake Odorrizi will help conduct clinics for the kids on Sunday, February 8.

The uniforms include 18 variations of Rays colors and styles to give the region’s young Little Leaguers a big league look. The jerseys are created by Majestic Athletic, the official uniform supplier of Major League Baseball.

The total savings from the project, as reported by the participating leagues, is estimated at approximately $115,000.

Rays Little League Uniforms
Rays Little League Uniforms

As a result of these savings, officials from some of the participating leagues have noted that they now have the ability to repair their scoreboards, provide paint upgrades to dugouts, add fencing for fields, fund new equipment purchases and grounds crew supplies and repair concession stands and other facilities.

Friday, February 7
9:30 a.m. Rays host clinic for Little League coaches
1:30 p.m. Rays manager Kevin Cash
2:15 p.m. Jersey and cap distribution to leagues

Saturday, February 8
10 a.m. Grant Balfour will assist at the morning clinic for T-ball players
3 p.m. Jake Odorizzi will assist at the afternoon clinic for T-ball players

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Bradenton Marauders Announce 2015 Promotional Schedule

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders today announced the 2015 promotional schedule for weekly and daily promotions. Single game tickets for the 2015 Bradenton Marauders season will go on sale on Monday, February 2 at 9:00 a.m. Purchasing tickets in advance provides a $2 savings on day-of-game pricing for adult tickets. The Marauders open the 2015 regular season on Saturday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Marauders fans can stretch a dollar on Sundays at McKechnie Field. Every Sunday home game is a Family Fun Sunday, featuring $1 tickets and $1 hot dogs. After the game, all kids 12 and younger will get to run the bases during the Kids Fun Run. The Marauders will also combat the heat on Sundays by offering Splash Days with giant inflatable water slides provided for fans to cool off.

Tuesdays, the First Mates Kids Club takes over the ballpark. Membership in the First Mates Kids Club is available to all children 12 and younger. The club offers the option of a free membership or a $15 membership jam packed with more than $170 worth of value. Free memberships include a membership card, a free ticket to two Tuesday home games, a $2 discount on tickets to all other Tuesday home games, a 15 percent team score discount, and the opportunity to play catch on the field at two select Tuesday home games. Paid members additionally receive a free ticket to all 10 Tuesday home games, a bonus ticket to a Sunday game featuring an ice cream social with the Marauders team, a club t-shirt, a free meal at each Tuesday game, and numerous on-field experiences throughout the season. After the game, all kids 12 and younger will get to run the bases during the Kids Fun Run. Fans of all ages can enjoy Baseball Bingo at each Tuesday home game.

Also on Tuesdays, Chick-fil-A is giving fans two tickets for the price of one. Stop by the Chick-fil-A at the DeSoto Square Mall to pick up a buy one, get one free Tuesday night coupon. Coupon distribution will begin in early April.

Every Wednesday from April 15-September 2 is Marauders Fan Appreciation Day at Papa John’s Pizza. Whether the Marauders are at home or on the road, Papa John’s Pizza will offer 50 percent off online orders to fans that use the promo code MARAUDERS50. This offer is valid at participating Papa John’s locations only.

Thirsty Thursdays presented by Budweiser and Ticket Sarasota gives fans a chance to fill up their cups without emptying out their wallets. Sodas and select draft beers will cost just $1. Join the Thirsty Thursday Club, your ticket to Thirsty Thursdays, for only $60 to receive a club t-shirt, a ticket to every Thursday game, special concessions discounts, and the opportunity to earn great rewards all season. Each club member gets to start their Thursday night off right with one free 12-ounce beverage at each Thursday home game. Marauders season ticket holders can join the Thirsty Thursday Club for just $10.
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Happy Hour Fridays presented by Pier 22 Restaurant kick the weekend off right. Great drink specials will be offered from 5:30 p.m.-6:30p.m. Every Friday is a Free Shirt Friday. The first 750 fans receive a free Marauders t-shirt with a different theme each week.

Saturday nights are Silverauders Night. Fans age 60 and older can join the Silverauders club for $30 and receive a free game ticket and meal voucher to each Saturday home game, a club t-shirt, and other great membership benefits. Saturday night will also feature Baseball Bingo.

New in 2015, the Marauders are introducing a Lady Marauders Club. Membership is $50, and includes a ticket to each Saturday home game, invitations to participate in members only pregame events, happy hour specials at the ballpark, a club t-shirt, and more. Season ticket holders can join the Lady Marauders Club for just $10.

The Marauders 2015 home opener is Saturday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. against the St. Lucie Mets. The game will be Pirates and Princesses Night featuring horse and carriage rides. The first 500 fans will receive a Marauders magnet. Bright House Networks and Budweiser present postgame fireworks on opening night. Additional fireworks shows are scheduled for June 12, July 3, August 15, and September 4.

The 2015 Bark in the Park series presented by ABC 7 will be held on April 19, May 26, June 27, July 23, and August 16. Bark badges will cost an additional $2 on the price of admission with the proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Manatee County.

Popular annual promotions returning in 2015 include the pre-game Easter Egg Hunt on April 12, Superhero Night on May 1, Halfway to Halloween on May 26, Military Appreciation Night presented by Miller High Life on July 24, and the Fifth Annual Condiment Duel on July 17. Star Wars Night returns to McKechnie Field on July 18, featuring appearances by characters from the iconic science fiction film franchise and a jersey auction to raise money to help the Center for Building Hope combat cancer. The Marauders will also be aiding the fight against cancer on April 18 with American Cancer Society Relay for Life Night presented by Blake Medical Center.

The Marauders will offer three free ticket nights in 2015. April 20 is a Free Ticket Night presented by A/C Warehouse, with free ticket vouchers available at A/C Warehouse at 710 60th Court Street East in Bradenton. May 18 is a Free Ticket Night sponsored by Goodwill Manasota – donate or shop at any Goodwill in Manatee County or Sarasota County to receive a free ticket voucher. J.D. Byrider presents the third and final Free Ticket Night on June 15.

When purchased in advance, tickets for the regular season Marauders games cost $8 per seat for adult tickets in infield box, infield reserve, baseline box, and grandstand seats. Left field bleacher seats cost $6 per adult ticket. Tickets for children 12 and younger cost $7 in infield box, infield reserve, baseline box, and grandstand sections, and $5 per ticket in the left field bleachers. There is no change in day-of-game pricing for children’s tickets. The Marauders will offer a $1 military discount for Monday-Saturday home games to anyone presenting a valid military ID at the McKechnie Field box office when purchasing tickets.

The McKechnie Field box office hours are from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on week days when there is not a Pirates Spring Training home game until March 30. On weekends, the box office will be open from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. when there is not a home game. Spring Training day-of-game box office hours will be 9:00 a.m. until 30 minutes after the final out.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.

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