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Conversations with Allan Wolper alternates monthly with SportsJam with Doug Doyle. SportsJam takes a unique peak into the sports scene as WBGO's News and Sports Director Doug Doyle talks with a wide variety of guests. Conversations with Allan Wolper features guests whose ideas are on the cutting edge. Allan Wolper is known as a "journalist's journalist."

Conversations with Allan Wolper alternates monthly with SportsJam with Doug Doyle. SportsJam takes a unique peak into the sports scene as WBGO's News and Sports Director Doug Doyle talks with a wide variety of guests. Conversations with Allan Wolper features guests whose ideas are on the cutting edge. Allan Wolper is known as a "journalist's journalist."
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Conversations with Allan Wolper alternates monthly with SportsJam with Doug Doyle. SportsJam takes a unique peak into the sports scene as WBGO's News and Sports Director Doug Doyle talks with a wide variety of guests. Conversations with Allan Wolper features guests whose ideas are on the cutting edge. Allan Wolper is known as a "journalist's journalist."






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Former NFL Star Nate Burleson Brings Swag and Fun To Sports Television

Former NFL wide receiver Nate Burleson's transition into sports television has been impressive. Burleson is the co-host of the NFL Network's Good Morning Football and he's also an analyst on CBS' NFL Today . Burleson sat down recently with SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about his work in television, his NFL career and his family. Burleson, his wife and children have recently moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey. "I got the nod to get the CBS job and you know I thought to myself, you know I've...

Duration: 00:41:04

Author Rafi Kohan Guides Us Through "The Arena"

Author Rafi Kohan spent a year traveling all over the U.S. to give readers a detailed look at the lives of sports arenas. His new book The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport is published by Liveright. Kohan talks to SportsJam host Doug Doyle about his fascination with fans and stadiums, as well as what he learned during his trips to places like Lambeau Field, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Beaver...

Duration: 00:38:43

Former Notre Dame Captain Rocky Bleier Remembers Coach Ara Parseghian

Legendary Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian, died on Wednesday at age 94. When Parseghian took over at Notre Dame, the Irish were coming off a 2-7 record. In his first season, they finished 9-1 with their only loss to Southern Cal. The program would go on to win two national championships in his 11-year tenure. One of his more well-known players was Rocky Bleier who was a part of the 1966 National Champion team at Notre Dame. "Notre Dame was a wonderful experience. It was one of...

Duration: 00:30:15

Legendary Broadcaster Bob Wolff Dies at 96

The sports broadcasting world lost one of its finest this past weekend. Bob Wolff, the only sportscaster to call play-by-play of championships in all four major North American professional team sports, has died at the age of 96. Wolff died peacefully in his South Nyack home Saturday night. The Yankees said in a team statement, "Bob Wolff's inconic, Hall-of Fame broadcasting career was matched by his class and character." Bob was a guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyl e in 2014. Wolff...

Duration: 00:36:29

Former Baseball and Basketball Star Spike Doyle Turns 88

Francis "Spike" Doyle, Jr. is the reason that this host became a sports fan and played high school sports in Western Pennsylvania. My dad turns 88 today and still plays nine holes of golf almost every week. While the knees aren't like they used to be during his days as a top catcher in the area, Spike can still play a solid round of golf, using woods more than irons. In 2014, I decided to sit down and find out some information that most of our family wasn't even aware of. This edition of...

Duration: 00:30:13

Roberto Clemente's Legacy Continues with Danny Torres and Luis Mayoral

About 300 items from the legendary baseball star Roberto Clemente's personal collection were auctioned during All-Star week in Miami, Florida. The total sales came in more than $3 million. In December of 2014, baseball journalist and Clemente enthusiast Danny Torres and former Major League Baseball executive Luis Rodriguez-Mayoral join SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about Clemente's impact on baseball and beyond. Danny Torres is a native of the Bronx. Torres is an educator and...

Duration: 00:45:42

U.S. Open Championship Director Shannon Rouillard: Golf Is In Her Blood

The Director of the U.S. Open Women's Championship next month at Trump National Bedminister has quite a story to tell. Shannon Rouillard didn't start playing golf until she was 15. She was a gymnast before that, but her father told her she needed to pursue a sport that could lead to a scholarship in college. Golf was the choice. Shannon was driven to succeed at golf. She was a walk-on star at the University of Oregon and eventually became the head coach at Oregon for eight seasons. “To be...

Duration: 00:35:26

SportsJam: Drummer Ali Jackson's Son Brings His Rhythm to the Pitch

AZ Jackson, who is training with the Toulouse football club in France, is a rising soccer star. AZ, 15, is the son of jazz drummer and composer Ali Jackson, Jr. Dad spends plenty of time as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra drummer, but he has also found time to go to France and support AZ's dream of becoming a pro soccer player. The Jacksons, father and son, came into WBGO for a special edition of the award-winning podcast SportsJam with Doug Doyle .

Duration: 00:32:50

Football Legend Mike Reid Brings His Musical Talents to Two River Theater

Singer-Songwriter and legendary football star Mike Reid is always looking to what's next in his life. One of the musicals he's written is running at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ from June 3rd through June 25th. Reid wrote the music for The Ballad of Little Jo in 1997, but he thinks this performance of the show will be the best yet. The book by Reid, Sarah Schlesinger and John Dias was based on the film The Ballad of Little Joe by Maggie Greenwald. "I've worked in the world of opera,...

Duration: 01:26:52

The U.S. Women's Open Championship Returns To NJ

The 2017 U.S. Women's Open will be the third USGA championship conducted at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. It will take place July 10th through the 16th. Matt Sawicki, Director, U.S. Women's and Senior Women's Open Championships, is the latest guest on the podcast SportsJam with Doug Doyle . Sawicki is thrilled the championship is headed back to New Jersey for the first time since 1987. “This course is very special. Whenever you look at a course that is going to host a...

Duration: 00:34:32

Chuck: Long Awaited Movie about Boxing's Chuck Wepner Being Released Friday

The boxing movie, Chuck , is being released this Friday. Boxing legend Chuck Wepner, known as the "Bayonne Bleeder" and his wife Linda joined SportsJam with Doug Doyle in April of 2016 when the movie was to be titled The Bleeder . Wepner was the man who inspired Sylvester Stallone to write Rocky after Chuck's famous bout with Muhammad Ali in 1975. Liev Schreiber and his wife Naomi Watts play the Wepners in Chuck . Wepner also scored notable heavyweight wins over Randy Neumann and Ernie...

Duration: 00:34:21

Big Goals for 3rd Annual Mike Nichols Charity Hockey Game

The Third Annual Mike Nichols Charity Hockey Game this Friday, April 21st at Prudential Center will benefit spinal cord research and quality of life initiatives. Proceeds from the game featuring many former and current NHL stars will go to the Nichols Family Trust to provide for Mike's medical needs, as well as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injuries by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals living...

Duration: 00:38:09

Author Sally Cook Helps You Learn How to Speak Soccer

Author, former Associated Press reporter and New York resident Sally Cook returns to SportsJam with Doug Doyle to talk about her latest book, How to Speak Soccer : From Assist to Woodwork - An Illustrated Guide to Pitch-Perfect Jargon. Soccer, the world's most popular sport, has a growing fan base with millions of enthusiasts. Whether you're a newcomer to this exciting sport or a longtime fan, in How to Speak Soccer author Sally Cook and illustrator Ross MacDonald share the definitions to...

Duration: 00:35:56

Jeff "Tain" Watts, 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, Talks Steeler Nation on SportsJam

Jazz drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of music composition. Tain has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Betty Carter, Michael Brecker, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane and many others. During this Jazz Appreciation Month, SportsJam with Doug Doyle is dipping into the archives to provide you with an opportunity to find out more about your favorite musicians and their connection to the sports world. Jeff "Tain" Watts was born in Pittsburgh,...

Duration: 00:35:07

When St. Anthony's Closes, The Bob Hurley Legacy Won't Go Away

Word came this week that St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, NJ was closing at the end of the academic year. That decision puts an end to one of the country's most successful and revered high school basketball programs led by Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley Sr. The Archdiocese of Newark has determined fundraising efforts would not be able to keep the doors open for another year. Bob Hurley's team won 28 state championships and several national championships. He was one of the first...

Duration: 00:39:08

Berkeley College in NYC: Champions in Life and Hoops

The Berkeley College Men's Basketball team in New York City won 53 games in a row to claim it's third consecutive USCAA Division 2 Championship. Berkeley defeated Penn State-York 80-76 in overtime to grab the title. Coach Chris Christensen sat down on the bench when it appeared their opponents only had to make a free throw to win the championship game. It was the first time the coach had taken a seat the entire contest. He says divine intervention may have led to another victory: “The game...

Duration: 00:32:13

Ben May's The Legend of Swee' Pea

The Legend of Swee' Pea is Ben May's first film and it's already won several awards at various festivals. It's officially being released today. Lloyd Daniels was one of the most sought-after college basketball recruits in the 1980's, but he got busted buying cocaine in a police sting operation and two years later was nearly killed after getting shot three times in the chest while negotiating an expensive crack deal: “Being a big sports fan, I am also a big fan of documentary film. It...

Duration: 00:37:04

Lamoureux Twins Share Same Olympic Goals

Many refer to two-time Olympic silver medalists Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux as just "The Twins." They seem to be okay with that even though they are both married now. They realize people will group the Team USA hockey players together for obvious reasons, especially since they've been teammates all their lives. The twins from Grand Forks, North Dakota joined Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan on a recent promotional tour of New York City. Sports has already been a big part of the twins...

Duration: 00:38:03

MLB Network Teams Up with Topps 2017 Baseball Cards

MLB Network in Secaucus hosted this month's launch of the 2017 Topps Baseball Card Series. Through a partnership with the Network, Topps has included a set of cards of several MLB Network personalities and analysts including broadcaster and studio host Greg Amsinger. Amsinger was thrilled to be included in the new set: "It's a great honor. When I found out they were going to do this for the MLB Network talent, I was blown away by it, but you know Topps is a great company and I've worked...

Duration: 00:24:37

Team USA's Hilary Knight Is Focused On Gold

The USA Women’s National Hockey team is now less than a year away from the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea. The team's goal is clear, WIN THE GOLD MEDAL. Two-time Olympic silver medalists Hilary Knight and twins Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux sat down with me during their media tour of NYC last week…Meghan Duggan was also on the trip. Let’s first meet Hilary Knight on SportsJam with Doug Doyl e. Knight is one of the greatest hockey players in the world and will be competing this...

Duration: 00:28:25

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