Doug Banks, a revered radio host at several stations including Chicago’s V103, has passed away. He was 57.
The Chicago radio vet, who had suffered from diabetes for many years, died early this morning, according to reports.
BREAKING NEWS: I am stunned to hear of the death of Doug Banks. I heard he was not doing well and had failing kidneys. This is just so hard.— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) April 11, 2016
Fam, #DougBanks, 57, suffered from diabetes for years. Now it has taken his life. Reminds me of comedian Patrice O’Neal. He was 41.— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) April 11, 2016
R.I.P. Doug Banks! The Chicago radio veteran passed away this morning. He was 57. pic.twitter.com/5Ekuuq0q5y— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) April 11, 2016
Banks, born in Philadelphia and raised in Detroit, began his career as an on-air personality in high school. After a local radio station took interest of his talent, he was hired for a temporary late night weekend shift and eventually earned a full-time gig. Not before long, Banks ventured off to Los Angeles, where he worked at KDAY for several years. Over his time in the West Coast, he worked for KLAV-AM at Las Vegas and KDIA-AM in San Francisco. Later he traveled to Chicago, where he connected with WBMX (now WVAZ).
In Chicago, he spent 1986 through 1994 at both WVAZ and WGCI.
After much success in the morning, Doug earned a big time break with The Doug Banks Morning Show, hosted by Banks and DeDe McGuire. After two years, Doug later launched his new afternoon show on V103, which has been top-rated since its 2008 debut.
Banks leaves behind a legacy that will continue to live on through the generation he's inspired.
What resonated with me as a Chicago kid was how articulate Doug Banks was. He let us know that you can be educated and hip! #dougbanks— godfrey (@GodfreyComedian) April 11, 2016
Doug Banks is a true Chicago Legend! He paved the way for guys like me to do radio and TV. May he rest with the Angels, thanks 4 everything— Charles Walton III (@chuckywalton) April 11, 2016