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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.

Pittsburgh Pirates Announce Plans For Improvements to McKechnie Field and Pirate City

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced plans for two capital improvement projects to enhance baseball operations and training facilities at McKechnie Field and Pirate City. 

At historic McKechnie Field, where a renovation completed in 2013 has contributed to record-setting attendance for Spring Training, the Pirates plan to replace the aging clubhouse building at the southeast corner of the property. The new, 22,500-square-foot building will include the Pirates/Bradenton Marauders locker room, strength training facility, training center, food service operations and baseball operations offices. 

At Pirate City, the Pirates’ training facility in east Bradenton, the Club plans a new performance center to be constructed adjacent to the existing dining facility. The 10,500-square-foot center will include weight training and fitness facilities to support year-round athletic performance and rehabilitation programs in Bradenton.

The Pirates will fully fund construction of the buildings, which were approved this morning by the Bradenton City Council.

“The Pirates are continuing to invest in Bradenton because of our long-standing relationship with the community and the vital, year-round training and rehabilitation assets that have been developed by our partnership with the City,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly. “Our Major League and Minor League players deserve first-class facilities and the new home clubhouse at McKechnie Field and performance center at Pirate City will be among the best in the industry.”

Both projects are scheduled to be completed by early 2015 and are included in long-range plans for the facilities. The Pirates have hired local firms NDC Construction and Fawley Bryant Architects to design and build the projects.

Bradenton has hosted Pirates Spring Training every year since 1969. Only one team has trained at its current Spring Training facility longer.  First opened in 1923, McKechnie Field is the oldest Spring Training ballpark in use.  The addition of lights in 2008 and the expansion of fan-friendly amenities in 2013, have enhanced the ballpark’s status as one of the gems of the Grapefruit League. Ballpark Digest honored McKechnie Field as the “Best Ballpark Renovation” of 2013.

In 2014, the Pirates set new records for average attendance and single game attendance during the 2014 Grapefruit League season. The average attendance at McKechnie Field this spring was 7,587 per game, surpassing the prior high mark of 6,229, set in 2013. A new single-game attendance record was also established. The game between the Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, March 22 drew 8,566 fans.

In addition to Spring Training, McKechnie Field is home to the Bradenton Marauders, the Pirates’ Single-A affiliate in the Florida State League.  McKechnie will also host the 2014 Florida State League All-Star Game on June 14.

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WENG Radio to broadcast Lemon Bay Mantas Spring Football Game Thursday May 15

(Sarasota, FL) Spring football in Sarasota and Manatee counties kicks off Thursday May 15th with North Port hosting Lemon Bay at “The Preserve” at 7:00 p.m. WENG AM 1530 and FM 107.5 will broadcast the game beginning at 6:45 p.m. Rich Spedaliere will call the play-by-play.

 

The schedule of spring games follows:

May 15
Lemon Bay at North Port, 7:00 p.m.

May 16
Charlotte at Fort Myers Dunbar, 7:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg Northside Christian at Out-of-Door, 7 p.m.
Bradenton Christian and Fort Myers Southwest Florida Christian at Saint Stephen’s, 7:00 p.m.

May 22
Cardinal Mooney at Braden River, 7:00 p.m.

May 23
Haines City at Manatee, 7:30 p.m.
Bayshore at Cape Coral, 7:00 p.m.
Lakeland at Venice, 6:00 p.m.
Port Charlotte at Wauchula Hardee County, 7:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg at Sarasota, 7:00 p.m.
Southeast at Riverview, 7:30 p.m.
Palmetto at Booker, 7:00 p.m.
Lakewood Ranch at Naples Lely, 7:00 p.m.

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2014 Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Visitors Generated nearly $21 Million for Charlotte County’s Economy

(Tampa Bay, FL) Visitors attending Tampa Bay Rays spring training games in Port Charlotte generated an estimated economic impact of $20,978,500 for Charlotte County. This estimated figure includes direct and indirect spending and is based on out-of-county visitors. It does not include the spending of the Tampa Bay Rays organization, visiting teams or media staying in the destination.

This estimated figure is based on research the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau commissioned Research Data Services, Inc., of Tampa, to conduct during the 2014 spring training season which ran from Feb. 28 to March 29.

Highlights of the research include:

·   Of the 78,624 people who attended the 2014 Tampa Bay Rays home spring training games, 39 percent were Charlotte County residents or seasonal residents;

·   Of the non-Charlotte County resident attendees, 68 percent came from other Florida counties, 22.7 percent from other states in the U.S. and 9.3 percent hailed from other countries;

·   The typical overnight visitor party had a median party size of 2 people and spent on average five nights in the area;

·   More than half the respondents attended regular season Tampa Bay Rays games at Tropicana Field in 2013;

·   In addition to spring training baseball, the top five activities out-of-town visitors enjoyed were:

Dining Out

Shopping

Beach/Walking on the Beach

Relaxing

Bars/Nightlife

Each year, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau conducts marketing, sales and promotional campaigns to increase awareness of and visitation to Charlotte County. In addition to generating economic contributions, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau is also focused on developing soft adventure or eco-tourism, a low-impact industry enabling the county to preserve the invaluable natural resources that contribute to its ecological health, distinguish the area and draw visitors.

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CBS Sports and NFL Network Team Up For Thursday Night Football

(New York, NY) CBS Sports and NFL Network today announced plans for extensive on-site pre-game and post-game coverage for its broadcasts of Thursday Night Football. The networks team up for over two hours of coverage, featuring CBS Sports and NFL Network analysts and reporters, originating from the site of each game for all 15 weeks, beginning at 6:00 PM, ET on NFL Network and continuing through kick-off at 8:25 PM, ET.

At 7:30 PM ET, host James Brown is joined by analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher. The show will air on CBS and be simulcast on NFL Network weeks 2-8, and on NFL Network during weeks 9-16. Brown, Cowher and Sanders will also provide halftime coverage.

Additionally, each week Thursday Night Football coverage will conclude with a live post-game show airing both on CBS and NFL Network.

The networks will utilize two sets each week on location with the joint studio team contributing across all shows leading up to kick-off and post-game. One set will be positioned in the stadium, while the other set will be located outside the venue. The full talent lineup for the pre-game and post-game coverage of Thursday Night Football will be announced this summer.

The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.  The Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off on September 11 with Steelers vs. Ravens from Baltimore. 

2014 Thursday Night Football Schedule

Kickoff times are 8:25 PM ET unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 11 (Week 2):

Steelers at Ravens

Nov. 6 (Week 10):  

Browns at Bengals

Sept. 18 (Week 3):

Buccaneers at Falcons

Nov. 13 (Week 11):

Bills at Dolphins

Sept. 25 (Week 4):

Giants at Redskins

Nov. 20 (Week 12):

Chiefs at Raiders

Oct. 2    (Week 5):

Vikings at Packers

Dec. 4  (Week 14):  

Cowboys at Bears

Oct. 9   (Week 6): 

Colts at Texans

Dec. 11 (Week 15): 

Cardinals at Rams

Oct. 16 (Week 7): 

Jets at Patriots

Dec. 18 (Week 16): 

Titans at Jaguars

Oct. 23 (Week 8): 

Chargers at Broncos

Dec. 20 (Week 16): 

Eagles at Redskins*

Oct. 30 (Week 9): 

Saints at Panthers

Dec. 20 (Week 16): 

Chargers at 49ers*

Weeks 2-8 and one of the Saturday games from Week 16 will be broadcast by CBS and simulcast on NFL Network. Weeks 9-12 and 14-16, including one of the Saturday games during Week 16 will be televised by NFL Network.

*The kickoff times for each of the Saturday games – Philadelphia at Washington and San Diego at San Francisco – will be determined at a later date.

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2014 St. Petersburg Bowl to be played December 26th at Tropicana Field

                                     

(St. Petersburg, FL) The St. Petersburg Bowl will play its 2014 game on Friday, Dec. 26, at 8 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The game, which will once again air on ESPN, is in its first-year of its new conference affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the American Athletic Conference.

“We’re very happy with our new post-Christmas date and having it fall on a Friday night should make it even more attractive for Tampa Bay area football fans, as well as those who will be traveling to our market from the two schools,” said Brett Dulaney, St. Petersburg Bowl Executive Director.

With the new conference agreements starting this upcoming season, the 2014 game will mark the first-time the ACC has a bowl game in the Tampa Bay region. Meanwhile, the American is set to place one of its teams in the St. Petersburg Bowl for the first time since 2010. The league sent USF, Rutgers and Louisville from 2008-10 while it was known as the BIG EAST.

“We are one of only two games for the ACC where the teams and fans can enjoy a bowl week experience in a tropical climate with events on the beach,” added Dulaney. “There’s an excellent opportunity to secure a top American team this year with the new conference affiliation.  I have heard from many schools that if they don’t advance to the new playoffs they would look forward to spending bowl week with us in St. Petersburg.”

The ACC will have 15 teams available in its bowl process: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

The American will have the following 11 schools in the league this year: Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF and USF. 

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