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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.

Remembering Broadcast Legends Jack Whitaker and Jack Perkins

Doug Miles and Don Henderson remember sportscaster Jack Whitaker who passed away at 95 and newsman Jack Perkins who passed away at 85 last week. Don worked with Jack Whitaker in Philadelphia. Jack Perkins was a frequent guest with us on radio in Sarasota.





Baltimore Orioles Announce 2020 Spring Training Schedule in Sarasota, FL

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles today announced their 2020 Grapefruit League home opener will be on Sunday, February 23 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. against the Boston Red Sox. The Orioles will open their Spring slate one day earlier on Saturday, February 22, with a road game in North Port, FL against the Atlanta Braves. The club’s Grapefruit League season, which features 16 home dates, will conclude with a home game on Sunday, March 22, against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Tuesday, February 11, while the full-squad report date is set for Sunday, February 16. The 2020 season will mark the Orioles’ 11th consecutive Spring Training season in Sarasota and the club’s 10th at renovated Ed Smith Stadium.

Courtesy Dan Kubus/Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles will face 10 different Major League opponents during the club’s 16-game home schedule. The Orioles will host the following teams twice at Ed Smith Stadium: the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Orioles will also square off against the Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Washington Nationals each once at home.

Eight of the club’s 16 home games will be on either a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Following Sunday home games, all children between the ages of 4-14 will be able to participate in a postgame Kids Run the Bases.

The Orioles will play 16 road games during the Spring Training season, including two trips to visit the Braves, Phillies, Red Sox, Pirates, Rays, and Twins; and one trip each to take on the Nationals, Marlins, Yankees, and Blue Jays.

In the 10 years since the Orioles moved Major League Spring Training to Sarasota, more than one million fans have attended Orioles games at Ed Smith Stadium.





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.