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Urban Radio Rocks Carpenter Center

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Richmonders stood in a line that snaked around to Broad Street to see Banks and his crew, along with performances by urban music star Ginuwine and a handful of local performers, who danced with the audience to music spun by the Banks Show’s DJ King Tut.

“I’m still having nightmares about that,” Banks quipped the next morning. “Did that girl really have on a g-string,” co-host DeDe McGuire asked, “or was she just saying that?”

Banks has been to Richmond before, and his isn’t the only national urban radio program that visits our city. Tom Joyner of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” was here in March, and returned to speak at Virginia State University’s commencement. Russ Parr of “The Russ Parr Morning Show” has a Richmond appearance scheduled May 28, according to his local Radio One affiliate Power 92.1 Jamz.

Clear Channel marketing director Dawna Ellis explained that scheduling local appearances like the Jam Session is important because it “makes [audiences] realize that Doug Banks is a real person that cares about their market.”

At the “Doug Banks” taping, Ginuwine, sitting on a brown leather couch in the impromptu studio on the Carpenter Center stage, noted his surprise at the large crowd. “We’re big all over the country,” Banks told him, “but Richmond always shows us love.” — Wayne Melton

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