August 11, 2016

Radio Revamp: New Comedian Tapped To Replace Doug Banks

The Afternoon Rush cast

In June, it was announced by American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) that comedian Rudy Rush would replace the late Doug Banks in his afternoon drive radio time slot. Banks died after a long battle with Diabetes this past April.

Rush, the former host of “Showtime at the Apollo,” had worked with Banks for eight years on both his syndicated morning show and afternoon drive show.

At the time of the original announcement from AURN, the 42-year-old comic was still hosting a successful afternoon radio show of his own from 2pm to 6pm CT in Houston on The Beat 93.7FM.

New host Michael Colyar

New host Michael Colyar

It appears having Rush serve double-duty in the afternoon may have been short-lived.  The comic will no longer host “The Afternoon Rush” and has been replaced by veteran comedian Michael Colyar.

On Thursday, AURN announced that Colyar will now host opposite radio personalities Ebony Steele and Loni reported in June that Steele, a former co-host of “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” and the syndicated series “Dish Nation,” had joined “The Afternoon Rush” team.

A Chicago native, Colyar was the original host of BET’s first attempt at a late night talk show, “BET Live from LA” in 1998. The 59-year-old talent also appeared on TV shows like “Black-ish,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “The Parkers.”

The new “Afternoon Rush” with Colyar, Steele and Swain will broadcast live from Dallas, Texas on Monday through Friday from 3pm to 7:00 pm.

It was originally Loni Swain, Rudy Rush & Ebony Steele hosting "The Afternoon Rush"

It was originally Loni Swain, Rudy Rush & Ebony Steele hosting “The Afternoon Rush”



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