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Joe Soto Fills Doug Banks’ Slot At WVAZ

Joe Soto Doug Banks V103 102.7 WVAZ ChicagoFollowing the passing of Doug Banks in April, iHeartMedia Urban AC “V103” 102.7 WVAZ Chicago is promoting Joe Soto to fill his afternoon drive timeslot. The Chicago native has been filling in the afternoon period since Banks’ passing as opposed to his previous 7pm-12am evening shift.

iHeartMedia Chicago taps Joe Soto to host afternoons from 2-7pm on Urban AC WVAZ-FM (V103) live in-studio, effective immediately. Soto, a 36-year veteran, is most familiar to Chicagoland listeners as host of “The Real Show” and “Back in the Day” on V103. He previously co-hosted mornings on co-owned WGCI-FM. Soto has multi-format experience hosting shows in Dallas, Rockford and for ABC Radio Networks.

“I’m proud to have Joe Soto take the reins of afternoon drive on V103,” said iHeartMedia Chicago Director of Urban Programming Derrick Brown. “I’ve known Joe for over 25 years and worked with him on several occasions, most directly at V103 for almost a decade. He’s a proud son of Chicago, a hilariously talented theatre-of-the-mind entertainer, and die-hard Cubs fan.”

“The opportunity to host afternoon drive on V103 is an honor and a privilege,” said Soto. “It is truly one of our nation’s great radio stations. Thanks to Derrick Brown for his incredible guidance and belief in me. Thanks to iHeartMedia Chicago Region President Matt Scarano and Senior Vice President of Programming Tommy Austin for their constant support.”

“I must also acknowledge the legendary Doug Banks,” commented Soto. “He was a teacher, mentor and friend. There will never be another Doug Banks. The V103 listeners are like family members. They are the most important part of what I do every day. I’m just a kid from K-Town on Chicago’s great west side living the dream.”

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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