Doug Banks: 1958-2016

DougBanksNationally syndicated radio personality, Doug Banks, passed away April 12 due to complications of diabetes. He was 57.

Banks, who was born in Philadelphia, PA, was raised in Detroit and began his carrier on his high school radio station, WSHJ-FM, licensed to Southfield Public Schools.

Local station WDRQ-FM (Detroit) took notice of his talent and offered him a spot as a temporary late-night weekend disc jockey.  His career then took him to Los Angeles, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Oakland, and Chicago.

In 1995, he signed a multi-million-dollar deal with ABC to host a syndicated show from Dallas.  Since 2010, his show was syndicated through American Urban Radio Networks.  For over a decade Banks contributed to the Chicago-based television show “190 North,” produced by WLS-TV, who produced this tribute:

Banks is survived by his wife, Wendy, three daughters and one son.

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