Doug Banks, Chicago radio and TV personality, dies

Monday, April 11, 2016

CHICAGO -- 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. Banks was 57.

Banks was a "190 North" contributor for over a decade.

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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.

The ABC Radio Network offered Banks the opportunity to do a nationally syndicated show and Banks' reputation as a radio icon took off.

He is a Philadelphia native but grew up in Detroit.

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.