Banks announces launching of media company with Ed Pearson as president
26, 2013) National Urban AC afternoon drive-time host Doug Banks has
announced he's growing his media empire with the launch of Doug Banks
Media. Based in Dallas, the company will build on the well-established
brand of the radio show as it develops new talent and content for radio,
satellite, digital, television and live events. Ed Pearson, former ABC
Radio Networks Vice President of Urban Radio, serves as president of
Doug Banks Media.
Banks says, "It has been a vision of mine for the last three years to
launch this company. Having someone of such high caliber as Ed at my
side, it's now a reality and we're ready to make some noise!"
"I've been fortunate to have worked with some of the best in radio and
Doug is certainly at the top of that list," says Pearson. "I'm looking
forward to growing this business and enhancing the Doug Banks brand like
In addition to serving as president of Doug Banks Media, Pearson
continues his work for Esome Media Group, his talent and media
management company formed in 2009. His consultation client roster has
included Doug Banks, Big Boy, DL Hughley, Ms. Jones, DeDe Maguire, Brian
McKnight, AURN, WHUR, Bobby Goldstein Productions (Cheaters)and more.
Previously, while heading up Urbran programming at ABC Radio Networks,
he successfully signed such shows as The Michael Baisden Show, Big Boy's
Neighborhood, The Brian McKnight Show, and The Doug Banks Show.
The Philadelphia-born, Detroit-raised Banks began his radio career at
his high school radio station. Upon graduation, Banks turned a six-week
trial into a multi-year position at KDAY in Los Angeles. After radio
gigs in such cities as Las Vegas and San Francisco, Banks landed a
nationally syndicated morning show that he hosted with DeDe McGuire,
with its most significant market being Chicago. It soon became one of
the top-rated syndicated urban programs in America.
In 2008, Banks relaunched his nationally syndicated morning show in
afternoon drive under the new name The Ride with Doug and DeDe. In 2010,
American Urban Radio Networks began syndicating The Doug Banks Radio
Show in afternoons.
Banks is the recipient of numerous radio awards and has a strong track
record of assisting various grassroots organizations and mobilizing the
Urban community. In January 2006, in collaboration with Disney and Boys
& Girls Clubs of America, he launched The Doug Banks Literacy &
Scholarship Initiative. The program aims to end illiteracy in America by
raising awareness and getting the private sector actively involved in
supporting literacy efforts nationwide.
The Doug Banks Radio Show is nationally syndicated by American Urban
Radio Networks on more than 25 stations, including its flagship WVAZ-FM
in Chicago. The show airs Monday - Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET.
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