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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.

“Book Talk” guest Carson Vaughan author “Zoo Nebraska, The Dismantling of an American Dream”

Doug Miles talks with Carson Vaughan author “Zoo Nebraska, The Dismantling of an American Dream” on “Talk Across America”. Book available in the Amazon box below:





2019 Kentucky Derby Recap with Pete “The Prophet”

“Sports Talk” with Don Henderson and Doug Miles with guest horse racing handicapper Pete “The Prophet” recap the controversial 2019 Kentucky Derby.





2019 Kentucky Derby Preview with Pete “The Prophet”

Horse racing handicapper Pete “The Prophet” joins Don Henderson and Doug Miles on “Sports Talk” to preview a wide open Kentucky Derby, talk about the rash of horse deaths at Santa Anita, the state of horse racing and wrap up with a look at the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

*Apologies for the echo. Technical issues were not discovered until after the show was aired.





Artist Spotlight Mary Tyler Moore

Doug Miles talks with Herbie J. Pilato author of “Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story” about one of television’s most popular stars. Autographed copies of the book are available at Herbie’s website: https://www.herbiejpilato.com.





“Book Talk” Guest Steven Raichlen author “The Brisket Chronicles”

Doug Miles talks with “The Shakespeare of Barbecue”, Steven Raichlen about his new book “The Brisket Chronicles, How to Barbecue, Braise, Smoke and Cure the World’s Most Epic Cut of Meat” on “Talk Across America”. You may order the book below.





“Book Talk” guest Elizabeth Karmel author “Steak and Cake”

Doug Miles talks with Elizabeth Karmel author “Steak and Cake, More Than 100 Recipes to Make Any Meal a Smash Hit” on “Talk Across America”. Book available in the Amazon order box below.





USF Bulls Agree to Home and Home Football Series with Boise State

(Tampa, FL) The USF Bulls will play a home and home football series with Boise State beginning in 2025 Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly announced today. The Bulls and Broncos will meet for the first time on Aug. 30, 2025 in Raymond James Stadium. USF will travel to the famous blue turf in Boise, Idaho on Sept. 11, 2027.

“Boise State is a very exciting addition to our football schedule and one I believe will have national interest,” Kelly said. “The Broncos have a highly successful program that has been prominent on the national stage over the last two decades, and I think our student-athletes and fans will look forward to two high quality games and a trip out west to compete on the blue turf.”

USF also announced other schedule adjustments: A return game in Tampa vs. San Jose State, originally slated for the 2023 season, has been moved back to Sept. 20, 2025 in Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls visit to Northern Illinois, originally set for Aug. 30, 2025, will be moved to Sept. 25, 2027 in DeKalb, Illinois.

USF’s 2025 season non-conference schedule now contains games vs. Boise State (Aug. 30), at Florida (Sept. 6) and vs. San Jose State (Sept. 20), with one date remaining to be filled.

The Bulls and Broncos have never played against each other in football and USF has never played in the state of Idaho. The 2027 game in Boise, Idaho will mark just the fifth game for USF in the west. The Bulls will play at BYU in 2021 in the first western locale game on the schedule since USF won at San Jose State in 2017.

Boise State has played in 18 bowl games and won 12, including a 3-0 mark in Fiesta Bowl appearances, while claiming 19 conference titles. Entering head coach Bryan Harsin’s sixth season in 2019, the Broncos have won at least nine games every year under Harsin and compiled a 52-15 record in his tenure. The Broncos posted a 10-3 mark last season, losing in overtime to No. 25 Fresno State in the Mountain West championship game.

USF currently has 13 scheduled non-conference games vs. Power 6 opponents over the next eight seasons (through 2026) in addition to home-and-home series vs. Boise State (2025 & 2027) and BYU (2019 & 2021).

The Bulls will play six of those games vs. ACC opponents, including contests vs. Georgia Tech (2019), N.C. State (2021 & 2024) and Louisville (2022, 2024 & 2026). Future schedules also include dates vs. SEC foe Florida (2022, 2023 & 2025), Big 12 opponent Texas (2020, 2022 & 2024) and Big Ten foe Wisconsin (2019).





“Book Talk” guest Ian Doescher author “William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls”

Doug Miles talks with Ian Doescher author “William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls” on “Talk Across America”. Book available here: https://amzn.to/2VhtWMJ





Book recommendation: “The Problem of Democracy, The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality”

Book recommendation: “The Problem of Democracy, The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality” by Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein. Timely for today’s politics. https://amzn.to/2DjJ6qH





Book Review: “After the Miracle, the Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets” by Art Shamsky

Fifty years ago, a baseball team captured the hearts of generations of New Yorkers by winning a World Series against improbable, if not impossible odds. That team, nicknamed “The Amazin’ Mets” continues to live on in the memories of those who experienced a special time in New York baseball.

One of the players on that team, Art Shamsky, has written a book (“After the Miracle, the Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets”) recounting each game the Mets played against the powerhouse Baltimore Orioles. More importantly, the book describes a poignant mini-reunion at the California home of the Mets ace pitcher, Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, who is sadly battling dementia.

Seaver recently announced the diagnosis, which came as a shock to baseball fans around the country who saw him pitch and still imagine the right-hander as forever young in their hearts and minds.

Bud Harrelson, the Mets gritty shortstop, who made the trip to see his former teammate, is also fighting dementia, making this reunion perhaps a final chance to reminisce about that great season a half century ago.

Shamsky, along with fellow outfielder Ron Swoboda, pitcher Jerry Koosman and Harrelson got together at Seaver’s Fresno, California home where he has been growing grapes and making wine since he retired as a pitcher and longtime broadcaster of both the Mets and Yankees and before that NBC’s Game of the Week.

According to Shamsky, it was a hit or miss opportunity to make this reunion happen. Seaver’s wife of more than 50 years, Nancy told him that Tom has good and bad days and to call before heading over. Fortunately, on the day the group made the long drive from San Francisco to Seaver’s home, Tom was having one of his good days. The former teammates had lunch, walked in the vineyards and went back in time to relive the great moments of their championship season.

As a 3rd grader in 1969, I wasn’t yet following the day-to-day goings on in sports that closely in New York. However, as the Mets became the talk of baseball in September and won the division and eventually the National League pennant, we all started to pay attention. During lunch recess, our elementary school wheeled these old, black and white TV’s into the auditorium so we could watch a few minutes of the World Series. Remember, those were the good old days when the Series was played in the afternoon.

When the Mets won the World Series in game five, a teacher came outside as we were waiting for the school bus and told us the news. The celebration on the ride home was as jubilant as what was going on at Shea Stadium.

I recommend the book for anyone who would like to relive that special time or for those who want to find out what made it so meaningful.

Click here to listen to my conversation with Art Shamsky.