Banks was a former used car salesman and onion grower who became a giant of Melbourne radio, pioneering football broadcasts and talkback. He worked from morning to night for more than half a century, first at 3KZ and then at 3AW, producing and presenting shows ranging from celebrity interviews to quiz shows, music programmes and commentary on domestic and international affairs.
In 1938 he founded Carols by Candlelight, which became an international institution. In the mid-1960s, he was attracting one quarter of Melbourne's morning and early afternoon radio audience. His conservative views were often controversial, including support for apartheid.
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