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.”
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.