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Doyle Hired As WFD Announcer

Published: August 26, 2013 10:03 am ET

Last Comment: August 27, 2013 2:15 pm ET | 11 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

There will be a new voice behind the microphone when live harness racing resumes at The Raceway at The Western Fair District this October.

Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle will take over the duties this season, replacing Greg Blanchard who has assumed the role of Racing Manager.

“We were very happy to land a person of this caliber,” said Blanchard. “Shannon has a unique announcing style and is very well respected in the industry. His passion for the sport is undeniable and we think he will fit in very well with the team here at the Western Fair District.”

Doyle has served as track announcer at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta for the past eight years. In addition, he has assisted in the race office and with various promotional activities during his tenure. The Prince Edward Island native also co-hosted the O’Brien Awards in 2011.

“Sugar’s been part of the Northlands family since 2006 and we’re sure going to miss him,” said Chris Roberts, General Manager of Northlands Park. “It’s pretty rare to find a guy with the competence and character of Shannon Doyle. The Western Fair District is lucky to be getting one of the premier race callers in Canada and one of horse racing’s true gentlemen.”

In addition to race calling, Doyle will host the daily pre-game simulcast show and will assist with various marketing and social media initiatives throughout the season.

“To get this opportunity is another dream come true for me in racing,” said Doyle. “Northlands Park took a shot on a relatively inexperienced race caller from Summerside, P.E.I., eight years ago and I can’t say enough how much I’ve enjoyed my time and the people there. Now, with experience, this race caller is definitely ready to start a new chapter in Ontario.

“I expect to bring my own style to London. It's worked well for me over the years, in Alberta, but I still look for ways to improve. I enjoy keeping things fresh and non-repetitive.”

Live harness racing is set to return at The Raceway on Tuesday, October 1, on a three-day-a-week schedule – every Monday and Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. and Friday nights at 7:05 p.m. Plans are already in the works for the seasonal Grand Opening which is planned for Friday, October 4, with details to come soon.

(Western Fair District)

August 27, 2013 - 2:15 pmWelcome to western fair!!

Lorne House SAID...

Welcome to western fair!! Looking forward to hearing a new voice and style this fall!!

August 27, 2013 - 2:22 amYou will be missed you are

You will be missed you are one of the best announcer I have ever heard they are very lucky to get you Thank you for all you have done for racing in alberta, cowboy it up sugar

August 26, 2013 - 8:19 pmSugar we are so happy for

Sugar we are so happy for you. Our loss there gain. We will miss your friendship and the visits to our home. All the very best.
- The Graham Family

August 26, 2013 - 7:04 pmCongratulations and welcome

Tim O'Connor SAID...

Congratulations and welcome to Ontario!!

August 26, 2013 - 2:45 pmWelcome Sugar, to the Western

Sarah Imrie SAID...

Welcome Sugar, to the Western Fair District family!

August 26, 2013 - 2:39 pmCongratulations, Sugar!

Congratulations, Sugar!

August 26, 2013 - 1:57 pmExcellent choice, Greg. Well

Excellent choice, Greg. Well done!

August 26, 2013 - 1:31 pmLondon is so lucky to be

London is so lucky to be getting Sugar! I am very happy he is "movin on up" and is getting a great opportunity. You have no idea what you're getting! We, on the other hand, know what we're losing! Congratulations Sugar! We wish you all the best but will miss you immensely!

August 26, 2013 - 1:01 pmCongratulations Sugar!

Todd Beelby SAID...

Congratulations Sugar! Excellent hire for WFR, bad news for Alberta. Good luck with your new address!

August 26, 2013 - 11:32 amAlberta will definitely miss

Alberta will definitely miss you Sugar both as an announcer and the classy guy that you are. You bring so much energy to the races for the owners and general public, all of us on the backstretch side of things really appreciate your style as well. Good luck in London

August 26, 2013 - 10:23 amWestern Fair District made a

Adam Mauntah SAID...

Western Fair District made a great decision - and Sugar Doyle made a great move! I know that he was well-liked in Alberta and will be missed there, but the position will be a great opportunity for Sugar to display and develop his talent behind the mic and in front of the camera. Congratulations, Sugar, and welcome to Ontario!

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