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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.

Interview with Marc Eliot author “American Titan, Searching for John Wayne”


Marc Eliot American Titan

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“Book Talk Radio” guest Barbara Ann Kipfer author “14000 Things to be Happy About”


(Due to a technical problem, a portion of this interview was lost, however the conversation still provides insight into the book).
14000 things

WENG Radio to broadcast Venice Indians Playoff Football

Broadcast colleague Rich Spedialiere tells me that WENG Radio will be carrying all of the playoff games for Venice Indians football on the road to the FHSAA High School Championships at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL beginning this Friday, November 14. Each broadcast will begin with the “Countdown to Kickoff” show 15 minutes prior to scheduled kickoff of each game.

Coverage of Friday’s Venice/Hillsborough game from Powell Davis Stadium in Venice will begin at 7:15 p.m. and can be heard on 107.5 FM, 1530 AM and online at wengradio.com and on your smartphone with the free WENG app.

Rich Spedaliere, the voice of Venice Indians Football.
Rich Spedaliere, the voice of Venice Indians Football.

WENG will also carry “Talking Venice Indians Football” each Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. live from the Daiquiri Deck and Raw Bar in downtown Venice as long as the Indians remain alive. Coach John Peacock and Rich Spedaliere will discuss the previous game and preview the next playoff match-up.

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“Book Talk” Interview David Shoemaker author “The Squared Circle, Life, Death and Professional Wrestling”


The Squared Circle

“Sports Talk” with Don Henderson and Doug Miles 11/10/14

Check Out Sports Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Doug Miles on BlogTalkRadio


Ringo Starr and his “All Starr Band” to Perform at Sarasota’s Van Wezel Hall February 24, 2015

(Sarasota, FL) In keeping with the 45-year tradition of bringing the most sought-after shows to the bayfront theatre, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall lands the extraordinary Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band to play the hall’s 45th anniversary celebration on February 24, 2015 at 8pm. The legendary drummer will appear backed up by an “All Starr” lineup of top-notch musicians, including: Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Gregg Rolie (Journey, Santana), Todd Rundgren, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham. This incarnation of the All Starr band is the same line up Ringo has played with since 2012, with whom he loves performing.

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band to perform in Sarasota.
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band to perform in Sarasota.

“We have so much fun playing together, we don’t want it to end!” The night will include classic Beatles tunes that have influenced generations of music fans, as well as notable songs which brought acclaim to the various members of the All Starr Band. The exciting night of celebration will also include an exclusive preshow dinner and cocktails sponsored by the Van Wezel Foundation. Tickets for this special pre-show dinner can be purchased through the Van Wezel Foundation by calling 941-366-5578.

“We are thrilled beyond belief to have one of my favorite artists Ringo make his Sarasota debut. To have one of the Beatles on stage to celebrate our 45th anniversary is an incredibly special occasion which we are overjoyed to present,” stated Mary Bensel, Executive Director.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Announce 2015 Bradenton Spring Training Schedule and Ticket Pricing

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2015 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Schedule

2015 Pirates Spring Training Info
2015 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Ticket Pricing info in Bradenton, FL


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Baltimore Orioles Team up with Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Orioles and the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program are teaming up again this year to collect and distribute food to help people in need in the Sarasota area. Beginning November 4, the Orioles will collect non-perishable food items at Ed Smith Stadium and will host the charity’s Thanksgiving Sorting Day at the stadium on November 21.

“Hosting the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry food sorting day at Ed Smith Stadium has become an annual tradition demonstrating the Orioles’ commitment to fighting hunger in our community,” said David Rovine, Vice President, Orioles-Sarasota. “We encourage the public to bring non-perishable food items to the stadium, and then volunteer on sorting day to help families in need in the Sarasota area.”

Beginning November 4, non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Ed Smith Stadium, located at 2700 12th street, on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The collection station is located at the Euclid Avenue entrance, just south of Café 54. The stadium will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans’ Day.

On Friday, November 21, volunteers are needed to sort food collected from locations throughout the community. Sorting will take place in the East Lot between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sorting day volunteers do not need to sign up in advance.

The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that has helped more than 390,000 hungry persons in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1987. The organization’s Thanksgiving food drive collects tons of non-perishable food items annually. Food is distributed through charitable groups, religious institutions and service agencies. Mayors’ Feed the Hungry also uses cash donations to distribute food gift cards.

“Our partnership with the Orioles has made sorting day much more efficient, and the Orioles’ outreach in the community helps generate more food donations, magnifying the good we can do,” said Scott Biehler, Vice Chairman of the charity.

“Mayors’ Feed the Hungry does not receive government funds, and we are all volunteers. Corporate partners like the Baltimore Orioles are vital to serving the thousands of local residents who would go hungry without our help,” said Biehler.

The program is endorsed by the mayors of Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Venice, Longboat Key and North Port, as well as the chairs of the Sarasota and Manatee County Commissions. More information can be found at www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org.

The Orioles’ participation with the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. Whether hosting youth activities, participating in charitable causes or partnering in efforts to boost the local economy, the Orioles are active in the region all year long, proving that their commitment to the club’s southern home goes far beyond baseball. For more information or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, visit www.orioles.com/sarasota.

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