WBGO News Director Interviews Ironmen Defender in Podcast
Evan McNeley speaks from the heart on the latest SportsJam with Doug Doyle (Photo by Rich Graessle)
Newark, N.J. (Tuesday, February 17, 2009) – Known for his defensive prowess and a powerful left foot, New Jersey Ironmen defender Evan McNeley is letting fans get a complete inside look at what makes him tick. From growing up playing baseball with current Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore to a deep affection for his family, McNeley told all in a recent trip to the WBGO Jazz 88 studios in Newark for a feature on the SportsJam with Doug Doyle.
"For someone who has booming left foot and a desire to put opponents into the boards, New Jersey Ironmen defender Evan McNeley's deep-rooted zest for life comes shining through in this SportsJam session," WBGO News Director and SportsJam host Doug Doyle commented. “When you hear Evan talk about his family and girlfriend, you want him to succeed on and off the soccer carpet."
Doyle left this interview with a very high opinion of the Ironmen defender.
"Talk about a role model for kids, how about a role model for adults!” Doyle continued. "Evan McNeley is such an impressive young and sensitive man who just happens to be fast, talented and a force in the Xtreme Soccer League."
Doyle has been the News Director at WBGO 88.3 FM, a publicly-supported jazz station, since 1998 and has taken the WBGO News Department to new heights in coverage and recognition. Doyle and his staff have received more than 90 awards from organizations like PRNDI, AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.
The Penn State University graduate has won three New York Metro Achievement in Radio (A.I.R.) Awards in the public affairs or features category, two of them individually. In 2005 he and the rest of the WBGO news team were honored in that category for the half-hour news magazine, "The WBGO Journal", and Doyle won in 2004 for his touching tribute to the late Mister Rogers. He picked up his first A.I.R. award in 1999 for his coverage of Rosa Park's visit to East Orange, and he has been a finalist in the sportscaster category the past five years. Doyle also anchors weekend sportscasts for 1010 WINS through Shadow Sports in Rutherford, New Jersey, and the Delmont, Pennsylvania, native has also anchored sports for WABC and WBBR.
Doyle debuted the SportsJam during the inaugural season of the Ironmen, and he has featured many members of the team since the show first hit the airwaves. SportsJam is currently available as a podcast and on-demand feature and has featured such prominent individuals as NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former NFL VP and 16W Marketing President Frank Vuono.
Fresh off a hard-fought win over the Chicago Storm last Sunday, the Ironmen return to Prudential Center for a pair of pivotal midweek games this Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, New Jersey will host the Detroit Ignition at 11:00 a.m. in a special business outing game before hosting the Chicago Storm in a Thursday night showdown at 7:30 p.m. Joining the Ironmen as honorary captain on Thursday will be former IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi.
Should the Ironmen win both matches this week at home, not only would they would even their record to 6-6, but the battle for the league crown would become extremely heated. Heading into the slate of XSL matches this weekend, two wins would mean New Jersey would trail the Ignition by a single game and the Wave by 1.5 games. Both Milwaukee and Detroit play the Storm this weekend.