Radio Veteran Doug Banks Has Passed
He Was 57
April 11, 2016 at 10:24 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS has confirmed that longtime radio veteran and syndicated afternoon host DOUG BANKS has passed. Reportedly the 57-year old died from complications with diabetes.
He was diagnosed with diabetes in the '80s. His condition worsened last year and he took some time off, but had returned to his syndicated THE DOUG BANKS RADIO SHOW earlier this year.
BANKS worked at several CHICAGO stations between 1986-1994 including Urban AC WVAZ (V103) and Urban WGCI (107.5). He was also a contributor at WLS-TV (ABC7)/CHICAGO for nearly a decade.
CHICAGO Mayor RAHM EMANUEL released a statement, "DOUG's infectious personality, coupled with his passion and perspective on the air brought joy to countless CHICAGOANS and left an indelible impact on our city. The thoughts of the entire City of CHICAGO are with DOUG's family, friends, and legions of devoted listeners during this difficult time."
AURN Pres./Program Operations/Affiliations JERRY LOPES issued a statement, “We were all deeply saddened to hear the news of DOUG’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family ....his wife WENDY and his daughters KENNEDE and KELLI.”
AURN distributes THE DOUG BANKS RADIO SHOW in syndication.
The PHILADELPHIA-born, DETROIT-raised Doug Banks began his radio career as an on-air personality for his high school’s radio station. Local station WDRQ took note of his talent and hired him for a temporary late-night weekend disc jockey spot. Even though he was the youngest DJ, he quickly earned a permanent position. After high school, DOUG turned a six-week trial into a multi-year position at KDAY/L.A.
His next L.A. stop was KFI, which was the stepping-stone to his first morning show slot in LAS VEGAS at KLAV-A. Next was KDIA-A/SAN FRANCISCO, followed by WBMX/CHICAGO (now WVAZ), where he took the morning show from a 1.8 share to a healthy 5.6, beating rival WGCI.
After much success in the mornings, DOUG was offered the opportunity to do a nationally syndicated show. THE DOUG BANKS MORNING SHOW, hosted by BANKS along with DEDE MCGUIRE, rose to become one of the top-rated syndicated urban programs in America.
In 2008, Banks re-launched his nationally syndicated morning show in afternoon drive under the new name THE RIDE WITH DOUG AND DEDE. In 2010, DOUG’s show again found a new home with American Urban Radio Networks (AURN), changing the name to THE DOUG BANKS RADIO SHOW. The show’s flagship station is Urban AC WVAZ/CHICAGO and airs in many markets across the county.
Over the years, DOUG received numerous radio awards, including being honored at the 12th ANNUAL LIVING LEGENDS FOUNDATION Gala in NY for his outstanding achievements and contributions as a trailblazer in the radio entertainment community.
In JANUARY 2006, in collaboration with DISNEY AND BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA, he launched THE DOUG BANKS LITERACY & SCHOLARSHIP INITIATIVE. The program supports the development of a fully literate American population by raising awareness about illiteracy and getting the private sector actively involved in supporting literacy across the country.
For funeral information, (NET NEWS 4/13)