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Famed Radio Host Doug Banks Dies

Legendary host Doug Banks has died, according to multiple reports.

He was 57.

V101.7 FM’s Terrence B confirmed the news in a Facebook post under the station’s account earlier this afternoon:

“Today we lost one of the greatest urban radio personalities to grace the airwaves R.I.P. Doug Banks. Banks suffered for many years with Diabetes. We will keep you posted on more details services.”

Banks, who was born in Philadelphia, began his radio career broadcasting on his high school’s station, and it wasn’t long before Banks’ talents were noticed. He caught the attention of Detroit’s WDRQ, where he landed a gig as a temporary late-night weekend disc jockey for a country music station.

After high school, Banks managed to secure a full-time position with KDAY in Los Angeles, and eventually KFI, KLAV, KDIA, WBMX and other top radio stations in the country.

The culmination of Banks’ nearly 40-year career came with his highly popularized nationally-syndicated program, “The Doug Banks Radio Show.” The show garnered millions of listeners daily from across the country.

He leaves behind his wife, Wendy and two daughters, Kennede and Kelli Banks. He has long been covered by the Johnson Publishing Company and we, like all his fans, are saddened by this loss.