Thursday, September 9, 2021

R.I.P.: Tony Banks, iHM Director of Talent Development

Tony Banks
Tony Banks, Director of Talent Development at iHeartMedia and a nearly 38-year radio vet, has died from COVID-19.

Banks coached, trained and mentored many of the company’s top air talent, following a successful career as a programmer and on air talent. The Sebastian, FL resident, whose real name was Anthony Mario Napoleoni, Jr., passed away Sept. 5 at the age of 53, according to InsideRadio.

Dennis Clark, iHeartMedia’s VP of Talent Development, to whom Banks reported, said it was “an honor and a blessing” to work with Banks as both a friend and colleague over the years.

Banks joined the company in January 2012, first as a Regional Senior VP of Programming for its West Region including California, Las Vegas, and Tucson, before transferring to St Louis as Senior VP of Programming for its Midwest region.

Along with his work at iHM, Banks did voiceover and imaging work with his own company, Tony Banks Voiceovers, which he founded in January 2001.

His nearly 38 years in radio also included programming and on-air positions at Cumulus Media, NextMedia Group, Clear Channel Radio, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the Walt Disney Co., and Capital Cities/ABC Radio.

Known as “TJ Napp,” Banks jocked at heritage CHR “92 Pro-FM” WPRO-FM in his native Providence. He was given the air name Tony Banks by Tom Cuddy and Scott Shannon in 1995, when he joined ABC’s flagship FM radio station WPLJ New York. In 1996, he landed his first programming position as PD at WKRZ Wilkes Barre-Scranton, which he took to No. 1 in the market while also working on air. From there it was off to legendary CHR “Y-100” WHYI Miami as Assistant PD. Banks then programmed NextMedia's Coastal Carolina top 40 stations, including flagship “Bob 93.3” WERO and WA1A in Melbourne, FL.

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