Doug Banks’ wife, colleagues remember radio legend’s legacy

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Fans, friends and family are mourning the death of Chicago radio legend Doug Banks, 57, after he died Monday from diabetes complications and kidney failure.

Doug Bank’s wife, Wendy Banks, released a statement Tuesday morning saying:

“Our hearts are extremely heavy with grief, words cannot express how grateful we are for all your heartfelt condolences. Doug had a beautiful soul and touched many, many hearts, he will forever be missed. I am thankful for the time we shared together and our beautiful family. We ask that you keep us in your prayers during this difficult time.”

Today, WGN’s Dean Richards spoke with some of Banks’ colleagues about his legacy: Lisa Finckle, Doug’s former producer; Harold Lee Rush, co-host from WGCI; and Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, who worked with Doug at WBMX.

At one point during the interview, Funk described his colleague and friend as “really truly Chicago’s legacy.” Rush added: “He will not only be missed, but he will never be duplicated.”

Funk told WGN that Banks will remembered at a tribute event at the McCormick Place on June 11 , which he was scheduled to host for his birthday party and the 35th anniversary of the Hot Mix 5.

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