Comedian George Willborn is coming back to radio. The Chicago-based funnyman is returning to afternoons as the new co-host of “The Doug Banks Radio Show” starting on Thursday, April 25.
On “The Doug Banks Radio Show,” Willborn replaces comedian Rudy Rush. The former “Showtime at the Apollo” host, who co-hosted with Doug Banks and sidekick DeDe McGuire for more than eight years, was let go from the show.
Willborn previously worked alongside syndicated radio host Michael Baisden on the “The Michael Baisden Show” for more than 10 years. That show ended in March after Baisden had a falling out with his radio syndicator, Cumulus Media Networks.
“I grew up with Doug and let me make this perfectly clear – I am now and have always been a fan of his. I’m looking forward to doing whatever I can to bring all of my talent and every one of my fans to compliment the tremendous talent that is Doug Banks,” said Willborn.
Acquiring Willborn for his show is the first major move that Banks has made now that his radio show is owned by his own company, Doug Banks Media.
“I’ve always wanted to work with George,” said Banks. “It was just a matter of timing. This move will take the show to an entirely new level.”
Banks is bringing on Willborn in time for his show’s trial run in Washington, DC. “The Doug Banks Radio Show” is one of the many shows being tested on DC’s WHUR 96.3 FM, the station that previously carried Baisden.
“How perfect is it that we have him for our Next Big Voice debut? His fans will get to connect with him again, giving us an edge with loyal D.C. listeners,” added Banks.
In addition to joining “The Doug Banks Show,” Willborn will continue to host his solo radio program, “Willborn’s World” on WHUR’s SiriusXM Channel 141, H.U.R. Voices. He’s also a comedy writer for Oscar-winner Mo’Nique.