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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.

Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles guest Tom Callahan author Arnie the Life of Arnold Palmer 4/10/17

Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles guest Tom Callahan author “Arnie the Life of Arnold Palmer”.

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Sarasota Film Festival Announces 2017 Winners

(Sarasota, FL) After nine days of films, panels, roundtable discussions and community outreach, with organizations such as the Booker Film Academy, IMG and Boys & Girls Club, the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) concluded at the historic Sarasota Opera House on Saturday.

SFF finished its 2017 edition with a stage filled with A-list talent including honoree Diane Lane, who took home an award for cinematic excellence, actors Stanley Tucci and Rosanna Arquette, filmmaker and TV personality Aisha Tyler and NBA Legend Kenny Anderson, among others. SFF announced this year’s jury and audience award winners the ceremony.

The Wound directed by John Trengove took home this year’s Narrative Feature Jury prize that came with a $5,000 cash prize from Sam Slater of Burn Later Productions. Last Men In Aleppo directed by Feras Fayyad was the Documentary Jury Prize winner.
Three special jury prizes were awarded; in the Narrative category for masterly use of comedy in a tragic milieu, One Week And A Day directed by Asaph Polonsky. For Documentary Feature Competition a Special Jury Prize was awarded to Dina directed by Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini for Honesty and Humanity and for Independent Visions the Special Jury prize for Narrative Innovation went to Fraud directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp.

The festival’s Independent Visions Award, which includes a distribution deal from FACTORY 25, went to California Dreams directed by Mike Ott.

The Terry Porter Visionary Award went to MENASHE directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein for its spirit of independence and experimentation.

This year’s Animated Shorts jury winner is Nutag-Homeland, directed by Alisi Telengut. The jury awarded The Silence, directed by Farnoosh Samadi and Ali Asgari best Narrative Short and the Documentary Short award winner is Little Potato, directed by Wes Hurley.

This year’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature was Like Crazydirected by Paolo Virzi.

The Audience Award for Best Documentary was presented to Abacus: Small Enough To Jail, director Steve James.

The Best In World Cinema Audience Award went to Last Men in Aleppo, director Feras Fayyad.

Bon Voyage, directed by Marc Wilkins won the Audience Award for Best Short Film.

“We are thrilled with the turnout of this year’s festival,” says President of the Sarasota Film Festival Mark Famiglio. “We strive to bring the best filmmakers, movies, talent, and programming to the Sarasota audience. With the support of our sponsors and the Sarasota Film Festival staff, we were able to serve the community with one of our best festivals yet and an experience they can be proud to remember.”

Congratulations to the 2017 winners of The Sarasota Film Festival Awards:
Narrative Feature Competition Winner
The Wound

Director – John Trengove
Narrative Feature Competition – Special Jury Prize
One Week And A Day
Director – Asaph Polonsky
Documentary Feature Competition
Last Men in Aleppo
Director – Feras Fayyad
Independent Vision Prize Winner
California Dreams
Director – Mike Ott
Animated Shorts Competition
Nutag-Homeland
Director – Alisi Telengut
Narrative Short Competition
The Silence
Directors – Farnoosh Samadi, Ali Asgari
Documentary Short Competition
Little Potato
Directors – Wes Hurley, Nathan M. Miller
Audience Awards
Best Narrative Feature
Like Crazy
Director – Paolo Virzi
Audience Award
Best Documentary Feature

Abacus: Small Enough To Jail
Director – Steve James
Audience Award
Best Short Film

Bon Voyage
Director – Marc Wilkins
Audience Award
Best In World Cinema

Last Men In Aleppo
Director – Feras Fayyad
Jury
Narrative

Jason Benjamin – Filmmaker, Suited
David Edelstein – Chief Film Critic, New York Magazine
Addie Morfoot – Entertainment Reporter, Variety, Crains
Documentary
Aaron Hillis – Manager of Film & Creative Outreach, Indiegogo
Amy Berg – Filmmaker, Deliver Us From Evil, Prophet’s Prey
Edward Douglas – Film Critic and Writer, Film Journal International
Independent Visions
Jeremy Gerard – Film Critic and Columnist, Deadline Hollywood
Matt Grady – Producer and Founder, Factory 25
Joel Potrykus – Writer and Director, Buzzard, Ape
Shorts Competition
Andrew Hevia – Producer, Moonlight
Saschka Unseld – Filmmaker, Blue Umbrella
Josh Braun – Co-President Submarine
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Remembering Don Rickles at his best in Las Vegas

Remembering Don Rickles at his best in Las Vegas.

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Remembering Don Rickles

One of the legends in show business and comedy, Don Rickles passed away at age 90 today. I had the pleasure of talking with Don on WSRQ radio back in 2008.

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Book Talk Guest Randy Mosher author Tasting Beer, 2nd Edition: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink

Doug Miles talks with Randy Mosher author “Tasting Beer, 2nd Edition: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink” on “Talk Across America”.


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Big Band Files Salute to Baseball 4/4/17

On this opening week of the baseball season, this episode of the “Big Band Files with Doug Miles” features some songs about baseball interspersed with classic audio featuring the voices of the game. (Originally aired WSRQ radio 2010).

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Book Talk Guest Bruce Feiler author The First Love Story, Adam, Eve and Us

Doug Miles talks with Bruce Feiler author “The First Love Story, Adam, Eve and Us” on “Talk Across America”.

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Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles guest Marty Appel author Casey Stengel Baseball’s Greatest Character 4/4/17

Don and Doug talk with former Yankees PR man and historian Marty Appel about his book “Casey Stengel, Baseball’s Greatest Character”.

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Sarasota Film Festival Review: Sarasota Half In Dream

(Sarasota, FL) When deciding which films I would like to review in this year’s Sarasota Film Festival, I was drawn immediately to the title in the festival’s catalog “Sarasota Half In Dream”. I’ve lived in Sarasota more than 20 years and seeing a film about my adopted hometown in our local festival appealed to my interest and curiosity. The blurb in the catalog described the film as an “experimental documentary”. That should have been a clue that what I thought the film was about was not exactly what I got to see.

The film begins with a montage of clips from old travel ads extolling the virtues of visiting Sarasota, many of which include Rick Defuria, a former circuit court judge who was also a part time actor and original anchor on Sarasota’s cable news channel SNN in the 1990’s. About two minutes in to that overly long montage segment, I knew this film was not going to be a love letter to Sarasota.

What follows is a series of segments on an abandoned golf course, factory, freight cars and highlighted (or lowlighted) by an exploration of the now defunct and decaying Colony Tennis Resort on Longboat Key. There is also an interview with someone named Elliot who spends about ten minutes criticizing Sarasota as a place filled with “the old, white and rich” that apparently don’t care about young people and that Sarasota will someday sink underwater. Elliott also complains there is nothing for young people to do in Sarasota and he and his school friends had to create their own “culture” in the woods near the school they attended.

Another long segment in the film explores a parking garage at night showing several high-schoolers using it for a skateboard park while the film’s dour narrator states Sarasota is becoming known for an abundance of garages.

In between all the decay, the film juxtaposes shots of insects, wasps, hornets and crabs on a Lido Key inlet bringing back memories of those science films shown in high school biology class.

The two filmmakers, who spoke to the audience after Sunday’s screening at the Hollywood 20 Theaters, grew up in Sarasota and said the film took more than 4 years to complete while both were going to school and working their regular jobs.

While the film is well crafted technically and uses music primarily written and performed by a local band called “Lung Cycles”, this documentary doesn’t shine Sarasota in a great light. True, all cities have sections of urban decay and run down buildings and Sarasota has its share of those, but if all you saw was this film and had never been here, you’d get the impression the whole town looked like the South Bronx in the 1970’s.

It is unclear if or how many of these films in the Sarasota Film Festival will get any kind of distribution nationally. Filmmakers hope a positive buzz from screenings will entice either distributors or television networks to buy their films. I would bet the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau would not be pleased if “Sarasota Half In Dream” was ever seen by anyone outside of our fair city.

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Book Talk Guest Siphiwe Baleka author 4-Minute Fit: The Metabolism Accelerator for the Time Crunched, Deskbound, and Stressed-Out

Doug Miles talks with author Siphiwe Baleka author “4-Minute Fit: The Metabolism Accelerator for the Time Crunched, Deskbound, and Stressed-Out” on “Talk Across America”.


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