Famous radio personality Doug Banks — host of "The Doug Banks Morning Show", the top-rated syndicated urban radio program in America — has died. He was 57 years old.
The cause of the longtime host's death has not yet been confirmed, although it is known that Banks battled diabetes & kidney problems for quite some time. The Philadelphia-born personality started his career in Detroit & Los Angeles before breaking big at Chicago's R&B & Old School station V103.
From The Chicago Tribune:
Banks was honored in 2005 at the 12th Annual Living Legends Foundation Gala in New York City for his contributions as a trailblazer in the radio entertainment community. In January 2006, he launched the Doug Banks Literacy & Scholarship Initiative.
In 2008, Banks launched a new afternoon show on V103 that featured Dear Doug letters and his famous Adult Conversation. His co-host was Dee Dee Renee.
According to Banks' V103 biography, he began his career at his high school's radio station where he was noticed and given a late-night weekend spot on the radio station in town. Once he graduated, Banks landed a position at KDAY in Los Angeles. From there, Banks secured his own morning show in Las Vegas, San Francisco and eventually in Chicago.
Friends, fans, celebrities, & colleagues took to social media to remember Banks:
Thoughts & prayers from The DigiSpot go out to his family during this difficult time.