Doug Banks, American radio personality, Died at 57

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Doug Banks was born on June 9, 1958, and died on April 11, 2016.

He was an American radio personality and host of The Doug Banks Radio Show.

After Doug relocated on to the LA station KFI, which helped to pave the way to a morning show slot in Las Vegas at KLAV-AM.

His next two stops were KDIA in Oakland, California and WBMX (now WVAZ) in Chicago, Illinois.

Doug Banks did nights then a morning show for WGCI-FM, from 1986 to 1994.

Then, the ABC Radio Network offered Banks the opportunity to do a nationally syndicated show.

Formerly, he began with an afternoon show from the same studio as the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

During 1997, Doug wanted to move to a morning show instead and the studio across the hall from Joyner’s was made ready.

Nonetheless, the new show, hosted by Banks along with new sidekick DeDe McGuire, then became one of the top-rated syndicated urban programs in America.

However, the show was cancelled, in January 2008, but Banks relaunched the show, this time in the afternoon drive under the new name, The Ride with Doug and DeDe.

Opposite from his previous show where Mainstream Urban/Hip Hop/R&B music was played, Banks’s current program is aimed at the Urban Adult Contemporary audience, similar to what is played on Joyner’s and Steve Harvey’s shows.

In July 2010, Banks moved his show to American Urban Radio Networks and renamed it The Doug Banks Show.

His most recent work was as host on some editions of NASCAR Now on ESPN2.

Doug also made a guest appearance on the sitcom My Wife and Kids as Tom Miller, a friend of Michael Kyle who is tragically killed after being hit by a taxi (offscreen).

And the death of Tom makes Michael paranoid and overly sensitive about his own life.

Doug’s cause of death was due to complications of diabetes.

He is survived by two daughters: Kennede, 20, who is a student at Jackson State University; and Kelli , 18, who is a student at the University of Connecticut.

Doug Banks passed away at 57 yrs old.

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