|This biography of a living person relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (October 2009)|
|Show||The Doug Banks Radio Show|
|Network||American Urban Radio Networks|
|Previous show(s)||Doug Banks Morning Show, The Ride with Doug and DeDe, Afternoon w/Doug & DeDe,|
|Spouse(s)||1 former, 1 current|
|Website||The Doug Banks Radio Show|
The Philadelphia-born, Detroit raised Banks began his radio career broadcasting on the high school radio station. Local station WDRQ took notice of his talent and offered him a spot as a temporary late-night weekend disc jockey for a country station. After high school, he managed to turn his temporary trial into a permanent multi-year gig at KDAY in Los Angeles, California.
He then moved on to the LA station KFI, which helped to pave the way to a morning show slot in Las Vegas at KLAV-AM. Doug's next two stops were KDIA in Oakland,CA and WBMX (now WVAZ) in Chicago, Illinois. From 1986 to 1994, Banks did nights then a morning show for WGCI-FM.
Next, the ABC Radio Network offered Banks the opportunity to do a nationally syndicated show. Originally, Banks started with an afternoon show from the same studio as the "Tom Joyner Morning Show". In 1997, Banks wanted to move to a morning show instead and the studio across the hall from Joyner's was made ready. The Doug Banks Morning Show, hosted by Banks along with new sidekick DeDe McGuire, rose to become one of the top-rated syndicated urban programs in America. In January 2008, the show was cancelled, but Banks relaunched the show this time in the afternoon drive under the new name The Ride with Doug and DeDe in the process. Unlike his previous show that played Mainstream Urban/Hip Hop/R&B music, Doug's current program is aimed at the Urban Adult Contemporary audience. In July 2010, Banks moved his show to American Urban Radio Networks and renamed it The Doug Banks Radio Show.
He also made a guest appearance on the sitcom My Wife and Kids as Tom Miller, a friend of Michael Kyle who is tragically killed after being hit by a taxi (offscreen). The death of Tom makes Michael paranoid and overly sensitive about his own life.
- "ABC Radio Networks announces launch of Doug Banks and DeDe McGuire Show". ABC Radio Network.com. ABC Radio Networks. 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2008-08-20.