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.
(Sarasota, FL) The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced it has awarded the hosting rights of the U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2021 to USA Baseball and the cities of Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. This marks the first time since Cape Cod and Fenway Park hosted the 1995 Junior World Championship that the top youth international baseball event will be held in the United States.
The announcement was made at a joint press conference held at the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota.
The 30th edition of the U-18 Baseball World Cup will take place in September 2021 and feature the world’s best players from 12 countries in the U-18 category (16 to 18 years old). As the host nation, the USA Baseball 18U National Team, the current four-time defending U-18 world champions, will be granted an automatic berth into the global tournament.
All 50 U-18 World Cup games will be played between Ed Smith Stadium and LECOM Park, the Spring Training homes for Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Team USA is the four-time defending U-18 Baseball World Cup champions (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017) and will look to win a fifth consecutive world championship at the 2019 U-18 Baseball World Cup that will be held in Gijang, Republic of Korea, August 30 to September 8, 2019.
The U-18 Baseball World Cups, along with its continental qualifiers, have consistently featured players who have gone on to the major league’s such as Japan’s Yu Darvish and Shohei Ohtani, Korea’s Shin-soo Choo, Cuba’s Yasiel Puig and Aroldis Chapman and the United States’ Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Buster Posey.
(Storrs, CT) USF held the lead with less than a minute to go but couldn’t secure the program’s first-ever win at UConn in a 60-58 loss before a crowd of 9,034 Gampel Pavilion on Sunday.
David Collins’ two free throws gave the Bulls a 54-53 advantage with 1:04 remaining before UConn pulled ahead with a jumper 16 seconds later and made five free throws in the final 30 seconds.
USF (18-11, 7-9 in AAC) erased a seven-point deficit in the second half and was seeking a season series sweep of the Huskies. UConn (14-15, 5-11 in AAC) went 20-for-27 from the free throw line overall but saw its streak of 338 straight games with a made three-pointer snapped.
Collins scored a game-high 17 points and set a new career high by going 11-for-13 from the free throw line in a historic outing for the Bulls. USF set the program’s new season record for free throw attempts (808) while making 17 of 22 tries from the line.
Alexis Yetna just missed his 11th double-double of the season with 15 points and eight rebounds. Michael Durr grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to help the Bulls rule the boards by a 46-33 margin.
Laquincy Rideau knocked down his second three-pointer to give the Bulls a 48-46 lead with 6:11 to play, which marked USF’s final field goal. The redshirt junior guard finished with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Antun Maricevic continued his hot stretch with eight points in 15 minutes. The junior forward went 4-for-7 from the field and has shot 72.7 percent in the past four games.
Yetna led the Bulls with 12 points and seven rebounds in a back-and-forth first half that UConn ended up leading, 28-27.
Yetna’s second layup of the game gave the Bulls their second lead, 6-5, about six minutes into the action. Threes by Rideau and Yetna sparked a 10-0 run that put USF ahead, 27-24, before the Huskies took a one-point lead into the break.
USF jumped back ahead with a layup by Durr in the first minute of the second half. Down by seven, USF roared back into the lead with a 9-0 run that was capped off by Rideau’s three with 6:11 to play.
Three ties followed before Christian Vital’s free throw put UConn ahead, 53-52, with 1:16 remaining. Collins’ free throws tipped the score back into USF’s favor, but Alterique Gilbert’s floater in the paint with 48 seconds remaining started a 4-0 UConn run.
Two more free throws by Collins got the Bulls back within one with 28 seconds left and the sophomore had a chance to tie it with 3.5 seconds on the clock. After being fouled from beyond the arc, Collins sank two of three throws and USF couldn’t get a shot off on its final possession to at least force overtime.
USF wraps up a two-game road trip at Tulane on Wednesday, March 6 at 8 p.m. Game broadcast on ESPN3.
(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles today announced the broadcast team for the 2019 season for MASN, the Orioles Radio Network and Orioles and MASN digital platforms.
Longtime broadcaster Joe Angel has retired after 19 seasons as the “Voice of the Orioles” on the Orioles Radio Network. Angel spent more than four decades calling Major League Baseball games, including two World Series, 44 postseason games, and seven no-hitters. His signature calls of “In the WIN column,” “Wave it bye, bye,” and “Hasta la vista, pelota” have been enjoyed by fans across Birdland for nearly two decades.
ESPN broadcaster Kevin Brown will join the Orioles Radio Network in 2019, serving as a play-by-play announcer for approximately 50 Orioles games this season. Brown currently serves as a play-by-play commentator on ESPN’s coverage of college football, basketball, hockey, and softball. In addition, he previously served as lead broadcaster with the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, while serving as the Chiefs’ director of broadcasting and media relations. Brown is a graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where he earned a degree in broadcast journalism.
MASN All-Access host and reporter SARA PERLMAN will become the network’s sideline reporter, providing on-field reports for all regular season Orioles games. She joined MASN in 2017 to host MASN All-Access, MASN’s digital show on Facebook Live, where she covered the Orioles and Washington Nationals. A graduate of the University of Florida, Perlman previously served as a sideline reporter and color analyst for the North American Soccer League and Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and as a cage-side reporter for MMA Fights on UFC Fight Pass.
Local Baltimore media personality and 105.7 The Fan broadcaster Rob Long will join the O’s Xtra pregame and postgame shows as the program’s weekend host. Long currently serves as a co-host for Baltimore’s Big Bad Morning Show on the Orioles Radio Network flagship station, 105.7 The Fan.
Returning to their previous in-game roles are veteran broadcasters Gary Thorne, a Sarasota resident in the off-season, who enters his 13th season as MASN’s lead play-by-play announcer, and Jim Hunter, who returns for his 23rd year as a member of the Orioles broadcast team. Hunter will serve as the Orioles Radio Network’s play-by-play announcer for a majority of games, while also continuing to appear on MASN’s broadcasts.
Hall of Famer and Orioles Legend Jim Palmer will return for his 27th season as lead analyst on MASN and his 56th season as a member of the Orioles organization. Former Orioles Mike Bordic, Dave Johnson, Ben McDonald, Gregg Olson and Brian Roberts will also provide in-game analysis throughout the season on MASN and the Orioles Radio Network.
Orioles Hall of Famer Rick Dempsey will return for his 13th season as a member of the Orioles broadcast team, continuing his role on the O’s Xtra pre- and postgame show. Tom Davis returns to the program for his fourth season and his 21st year on Orioles telecasts, serving as the weekday host on O’s Xtra.
(Tampa, FL) Justin Brown scored 15 points and hit three 3-pointers in a 75-63 setback against UCF Wednesday evening at a packed Yuengling Center that drew its largest crowd since 2012 with 7,231 fans filling the arena.
David Collins and Antun Maricevic each added 10 points for a USF team (18-10, 7-8) that is one win shy of tying a school record for the most home wins in a season.
Tacko Fall led UCF with 18 points and five rebounds, and B.J. Taylor added 15 points and five assists. Aubrey Dawkins chipped in with 14 points and Dayon Griffin finished with 12 points off the bench.
USF went on a 7-0 run late in the first half to turn a five-point deficit into a two-point advantage. Five points during the surge came from Brown, sandwiched around a three-pointer by Maricevic, as USF ahead, 28-26, with 4:37 before halftime. A layup from Taylor just before the halftime horn put the Knights ahead, 36-33, at the break.
UCF (21-6, 11-4) used a 14-3 run to begin the second half, capped on a dunk by Chad Brown, to build a 50-36 lead just over six minutes into play. A three-pointer from Collins midway through the half trimmed the lead to 10, but the Knights used free throws on their next two possessions to go ahead, 60-47.
USF got as close as eight points on a three-pointer from Brown with 3:52 remaining for its smallest deficit since the 17:06 mark of the half. UCF answered with two free throws from Taylor and a jumper by Dawkins to extend its lead back to 12 at 67-55.
The Knights would go on to lead by as many as 15 before Brown’s third 3-pointer just before the final buzzer gave UCF its final margin of victory.
“Central Florida is a very good basketball team that is also very balanced”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “They are very experienced and they know exactly what they need to get done. I thought we played well in the first half, not as good defensively as I would have liked, but at the same time really executed some really good stuff offensively.”
The Bulls continue league play Sunday at noon when the Bulls travel to UConn for a matchup televised by CBS Sports Network.
(Sarasota, FL) Diana Love of Sarasota was selected as the “One Millionth Fan” to attend an Orioles Spring Training game in Sarasota at today’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Baltimore Orioles selected Love at random to represent the one million fans. In a special on-field presentation, Love received a prize package including a $5,000 shopping experience at Diamond Vault in Sarasota and two Spring Training season tickets for five years.
“I just want to say how excited I am to be the one millionth person to be here at Ed Smith Stadium. You know I’m going to be back here [at the ballpark] again,” said Love, a retired elementary school teacher. “I think that it represents what the Orioles have done for Sarasota, to have one million people come here. I am thrilled beyond words.”
Love and her husband, Mike, both worked as elementary school teachers in Bloomington, Ind., for 32 years. The couple has owned a home in Sarasota for 16 years and now, after retirement, spend the majority of the year there, attending games at Ed Smith Stadium during each Spring Training season.
“We are thrilled to honor all of our Spring Training fans over our first 10 seasons in Sarasota by recognizing Diana Love as our ‘One Millionth Fan’,” said Greg Bader, Orioles Vice President, Communications & Marketing. “We appreciate her dedication to the Orioles and are excited to welcome her back to Ed Smith Stadium for years to come.”
The Orioles began the 2019 Spring Training season on Saturday, February 23, with total attendance of more than 985,000 since moving Major League operations to Sarasota County for the 2010 season. The team is the fastest franchise to reach one million fans in almost a century of Spring Training baseball in Sarasota.
“We are grateful for the tremendous support we receive both locally and among our fans who make the trip to Sarasota each spring,” Bader said. “The outstanding fan experience we offer, the many attractions of the Sarasota area, and our tourism marketing partnership with Visit Sarasota continue to draw visitors to Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium. We look forward to welcoming fans throughout the rest of this season and into the future as we continue our year-round operations in Sarasota County.”
(Houston, TX) David Collins was the lone Bull in double figures as USF’s offense couldn’t heat up against one of the nation’s toughest defenses in a 71-59 setback at No. 9/8 Houston on Saturday.
Collins finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists while USF (18-9, 7-7 in AAC) shot 31 percent from the field against the fifth-best scoring defense in the country (60.3 ppg). Houston (26-1, 13-1 in AAC) extended its nation-leading home winning streak to 33 games and won its 11th straight outing overall.
Freshman forward Michael Durr posted seven points and a game-high nine rebounds to help the Bulls finish with a 37-34 edge on the boards. Alexis Yetna added nine points and six rebounds in USF’s return to conference play after a 95-54 win over Florida College on Tuesday.
T.J. Lang made two of USF’s eight threes and finished with eight points. Justin Brown and Xavier Castaneda scored seven points apiece.
Collins led all scorers with eight points at the half while the Cougars took a 34-26 lead into the break after shooting 50 percent from the field.
Houston made its first four shots, including three from long range, to open the game with an 11-0 advantage. USF worked a double-digit deficit all the way down to one with 5:16 remaining in the period thanks to an 8-0 run that was sparked by threes by Castaneda and Brown.
Brown’s jumper with 4:04 left got the Bulls back within one before Houston closed the half on an 8-1 run. Brown made three of his first five shots and accounted for nearly half of the Bulls’ field goals in the first 20 minutes.
Just like the first half, Houston started off the second off fast with a 7-0 run that was stopped by Yetna’s three with 16:34 to play. Another three by Lang got the Bulls back within 12, but that’s as close as they would get the rest of the way against The American’s top defense.
USF returns to the Yuengling Center to host rival UCF on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.