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Ebony Steele lands new job with Doug Banks show (which will get a new name)

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Thursday, June 2, 2016

Ebony Steele, who worked for many years with Rickey Smiley on his morning show until 2014, has landed a new radio gig on what had been the Doug Banks radio show.

Banks died in April from complications related to diabetes.

The news about Steele first broke with Kevin Ross of Radio Facts.

Steele confirmed the news via text and on Twitter.

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She takes over for Dee Dee Renee.

The Doug Banks show, which airs in syndication from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, is not aired on any Atlanta radio station. I don't know how many affiliates they have. I am awaiting a response from top executives at the syndicator American Urban Radio Networks but I do know the revamped show will have a new name starting next week.

Steele was cut for unclear reasons back in 2014. She was replaced by Claudia Jordan, who lasted a year, then Da Brat.

The death of an active morning host has happened before. Kidd Kraddick in Dallas died in 2013 and his fellow show members have survived without him while keeping Kraddick's name on the show in tribute. (You can see them on "Dish Nation" every day on Fox 5.)

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