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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/9/1958
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/9/1958
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Radio personality Calvin Douglas Banks, Jr., was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 9, 1958. His family relocated to Detroit when he was still young, and he attended St. John’s Lutheran School and Friends School there, graduating from Southfield High School in 1976. Banks became a popular disc jockey on Southfield High’s WSHJ when he was only fifteen. He was offered a full time job in Miami, but his mother wanted him to finish school, so Banks took a part time job at WDRQ in Detroit, where Bill Bailey mentored him. He was enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1976 before being lured by a $50,000 contract from popular Los Angeles’ KDAY, in 1977.

Banks’ career brought him briefly to Chicago, then back to KFI in Los Angeles. It was at KLAV in Las Vegas, where he did his first stint as a morning man. Moving to KDIA in San Francisco, Banks was then offered a substantial contract from WBMX (now WVAZ) in Chicago. Banks boosted the morning ratings from a 1.8 share to a 5.6 share. Enticed to join rival WGCI, Banks worked afternoon drive time, but soon returned to mornings from 1987 to 1994. Banks show with Harold Lee Rush and Bonnie DeShong became a radio institution in Chicago. Following a similar path as radio legend Tom Joyner, Banks signed a deal with ABC Radio Networks in Dallas to do a syndicated afternoon drive show, “The Doug Banks Show”. The show which targeted audiences 18 to 34 years of age, featured DeDe McGuire and CoCo Budda and Banks as the Urban Flava Creator. This show was heard by millions nationwide.

A recipient of numerous awards, Banks had a track record of being accessible to community organizations. In 2004, “The Doug Banks Show,” along with Russell Simmons, Hip Hop Summit Action Network spearheaded the One Mind One Vote campaign urging young people in the cities to vote. Banks lived with his family live in the Dallas area.

Banks passed away on April 11, 2016 at age 57.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Doug Banks lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Doug Banks describes his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Doug Banks talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Doug Banks talks about his parents' meeting and marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Doug Banks describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Doug Banks remembers Hoyt Fuller, his uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Doug Banks reminisces about his maternal grandmother's cooking
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Doug Banks recalls early childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Doug Banks recalls the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Doug Banks recalls the turmoil of the 1967 riots in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Doug Banks talks about growing up in a middle-class black neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Doug Banks describes his personality as a young man
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Doug Banks talks about his early childhood interest in radio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Doug Banks remembers creating an imaginary friend during his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Doug Banks talks about his television-watching habits
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Doug Banks recalls attending St. Johns and Friends School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Doug Banks describes his exposure to making radio as a student at Southfield High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Doug Banks recalls who he modeled his radio persona after and his first time on air
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Doug Banks recalls getting his first job in radio at sixteen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Doug Banks remembers his radio program as a teen and reflects on what he has learned as a radio host over the years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Doug Banks talks about how his radio work affected his personal life and academics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Doug Banks talks about getting into black radio broadcasting in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Doug Banks talks about why he left Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Doug Banks talks about the difference between black radio stations and white ones
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Doug Banks recalls his experience at KDAY-AM in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Doug Banks establishes a timeline of his early radio career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Doug Banks talks about replacing Bob Wall on the morning show at WGCI in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Doug Banks talks about his radio show on WGCI in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Doug Banks recalls the support Harold Washington received from black radio stations in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Doug Banks recalls a surprise visit from Michael Jordan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Doug Banks shares good memories of his time at WGCI in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Doug Banks reflects on the fluctuating success of the radio business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Doug Banks reflects on managing success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Doug Banks explains the political impact of talk radio on black stations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Doug Banks talks about the producer for the 'Doug Banks Morning Show,' Harold Lee Rush
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Doug Banks talks about his reception among older disc jockeys in his early career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Doug Banks explains how broadcasters made money outside of their radio work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Doug Banks talks about the evolution of black radio formats
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Doug Banks talks about the 'Doug Banks Morning Show' and trends in radio broadcasting
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Doug Banks talks about changes in radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Doug Banks speculates about the future of radio personalities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Doug Banks talks about his future radio plans and his children's perception of his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Doug Banks talks about keeping his radio personality relevant to younger listeners
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Doug Banks describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Doug Banks reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Doug Banks reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Doug Banks explains his approach toward child rearing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Doug Banks talks about his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Doug Banks describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Doug Banks considers his status as a national radio personality