April 13, 2016

Doug Banks, who was a radio host at several stations, including Chicago’s V103 and WGCI, and appeared on ABC7’s ”190 North,” has died from complications with diabetes. He was 57.

Banks was a “190 North” contributor for over a decade.

Born in Philadelphia, Banks hosted radio shows at stations in L.A., San Francisco, Las Vegas, Detroit and finally V103, his website says, before signing on to do a nationally syndicated show. His show airs on V103 from 2-6 p.m. on weekdays.

Banks began his broadcasting career on his high school’s radio station in Detroit, Michigan. He then moved on to the big time in Motor City radio. Leaving Detroit, Doug became a hit on stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Chicago had him from 1986 – 1994 both at WVAZ and WGCI.

“I approached Doug Banks to get him to work for me,” said Marv Dyson, retired radio executive for both stations. “And I had Tom Joyner in the morning and Doug in the afternoon, and it took off and they were known as the Turntable Brothers, and we did a lot of TV commercials and all that, and the station was no. 1 in the market for too many years to count.”

Then ABC Radio Network offered Banks the opportunity to do a nationally syndicated show and Banks’ reputation as a radio icon took off. His talent and personality were too big to ignore, and soon he joined WLS-TV as the host of “190 North,” as well as appearing on the New Year’s Eve broadcasts and coverage of the annual Bud Biliken Parade.

Banks last appeared on “190 North” in the summer of 2014.

Banks took a hiatus from his show over the winter, returning in February sounding optimistic for the future.

Banks is survived by two college aged daughters and two adult children.


via- ABC7