Beloved Radio Personality Doug Banks Dies Of Complications From Diabetes
If you’ve lived in Chicago and you listened to the radio at any point in your commute, then you know Doug Banks and the Doug Banks Radio Show. But the radio host and TV personality, whose program would eventually become nationally syndicated, had an influence that went far beyond the city. And that’s why the news of his death today is so shocking and heartbreaking. According to the ABC affiliate in Chicago, and Us Weekly, Banks passed away on Monday due to complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He was just 57 years old.
Banks, who was born in Philadelphia, made his presence known all over Chicago radio, including WGCI and V103. He was also on the local ABC show 190 North up until 2014, and after his show was placed back to back with Tom Joyner’s years ago, they were deemed the Turntable Brothers. Banks also had an impact and would become quite popular while working for stations in Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He would eventually reach syndication status and become even more well known. But Banks started to have issues with his health that caused him to take a break from the airwaves, particularly during this past winter. According to WBLS, he returned to the airwaves in February and was hopeful about the next chapter in his career. He was literally just on the radio this past Friday and attended the Black Women’s Expo event on the same day. His abrupt passing has shocked his many fans, both everyday listeners and celebrities alike:
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Doug Banks wasn't just my Turntable Brother, he was my other brother! We did this back when urban radio made itself the best thing on the air – and we made each other better. Chicago, radio and afternoons will never be the same. I miss him and what we shared together. Say man! See you on the other side Doug. #DougBanks #Legend #Friend
R.I.P. to Banks, who was a trailblazer in media. I personally listened to him often growing up in Chicago. Our condolences to his wife, Wendy, his children, and the rest of his family during this heartbreaking time.