In my ENTIRE industry career in almost 30 years I have seen a lot of industry people pass on, many who were nationally known … NONE have gotten the kind of positive responses and overwhelming love this man has gotten since his untimely death from a heart attack yesterday and I have to be honest, I don’t know many alive today who would. In most cases many industry people who have passed on have appeared to focus primarily on their own careers and growth, instead of other people and while they may have made strides they often failed to make longstanding great impressions. E. Steven Collins should be a lesson to us all in our daily quests to satisfy our own needs instead of doing something to help others and to keep ourselves busy finding ways to uplift and build our community instead of selfishly focusing on our own needs consistently. That’s why this situation peaked my interest so. I have never met Mr. Collins and i greatly regret that. It would have been an honor to meet someone of his caliber and reputation. How do you want to be remembered? The extremely positive responses prompted me to find out more information about Mr. Collins. I have put together some of the responses and videos from the last couple of days, (click “Next” for next segment..) Enjoy
Dyana Williams on WTFX
Skip Dillard (WBLS and WLIB) – WBLS/WLIB OM
Will be SO missed! He raised the bar for using radio to make a difference in the communities we’re privileged to serve.
Daisy Davis, former OM Radio One Philly
Anyone who has migrated to Philadelphia, knows that the people here are a very close-knit family and they don’t just let anyone into that clique. I have to say that thanks to E. Steven Collins when I moved here, I never ever felt like an outsider. From the time I stepped through the door at the old WDAS, he was there to help me get acclimated to the area. It was E who had me come by he and Lisa’s home early one Saturday so that he could take me around to find my first apartment here. And it was just like E to first show me something that didn’t have air conditioning. When I balked at that, he said, “ah Daze, don’t worry about that, you can get window units later.” It was because of E that I found my apartment in Chestnut Hill (with ac). It was E and Lisa who had me over for Sunday dinners so I wouldn’t have to eat alone. It was E who told me of a mechanic where I could get my car fixed. It was E who said, “oh, you’ve never been to so and so, you gotta go there”. E was the person I talked to when I got a traffic ticket. Hey E… you got any connections at traffic court? It was E who always made that clucking sound with his mouth when he finished a sentence. I never understood it, but found myself imitating that sound. The list goes on and on. I know this may be lengthy, but I think E was a man who deserves more from me than RIP. If there was one person who had their finger on the pulse of Philadelphia, it was E. E could walk you up to any elected official at any given time—regardless of their affiliated party. The brother definitely had connections. He was so full of life and was always the same whenever you saw him. Philadelphia has without a doubt lost a person who defined what it is, “the city of brotherly love”. My condolences go out to Lisa, Rashid and Langston as I keep you in my prayers.
Words cannot explain how much your prayers, love, words of encouragement and kind words have meant to me regarding the lost of our beloved, near and dear friend and colleague E. Steven Collins. My heart is truly broken but I still believe that God will not give us more than we can bear; but sometimes I wish He didn’t trust me so much. I was last with E, his wife Lisa Duhart-Collins and my dear friend Rev. Millicent Allen Wess Friday night and I thank God that the last words between E and me were “I love you” and then we embraced. The more I think about it, it wasn’t a hug, it was an embrace. In addition, I was supposed to be at E’s house this past Saturday with other local journalists but my schedule was just too full to make it. I regretted that moment until my near and dear sister, sister-in-Christ, friend and family therapist, Dr. Argie Allen, helped me to realize that God orchestrated that final moment between us instead of between a group of us. I thank God for that special and spiritual moment and I will always treasure it. I also want to thank Dr. Argie for being there with us to assist all three of our Radio-One owned stations cope with a big lost. Because we serve such an awesome man of God, He knew exactly who and what I needed after I literally broke after trying to be strong for others. Argie was the wing beneath my wings Monday and spent several hours with me in the studio ministering and pouring into me and I will be forever grateful to her for that. A big thanks goes out to Rev. Kevin R. Johnson from Bright Hope Baptist for always being one phone call away when I need him. What would I have done without you? What would we have done without you? Thank you for blessing the Collins’ family in a mighty way with your prayer and words of comfort. I also want to thank Ukee Washington for coming by my studio and going on the air with me to share his memories of E, as well as for being there as my rock. Ukee has always had my back! I love you to life Ukee! I also ask that you all please keep my dear sister and friend Patty Jackson in your prayers as well. She was at the hospital when E passed. Patty, E and his wife Lisa were VERY close! Please pray for Patty’s strength as she continues to do what she does best and that’s give and serve others. Most of all Lisa, Langston, Rashid and the entire family need your continued prayers; more than you will ever know. And to all of my radio industry colleagues, let’s be thankful that we had the time on earth to know a good man like E. Not only that, we were blessed to know him and grow from him. Without a shadow of a doubt, he knew and loved The Lord and I’m at peace because I know where E is. To God be the glory!
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
“E. Steven was more than a radio personality, he was a Philadelphia icon, civic leader, mentor, activist, and most importantly, he was a family-man and a dear friend. I am saddened by the loss of this good man who was so influential in our great city. As Director of Urban Marketing and External Relations for Radio One, the host of his weekly show, Philly Speaks, and as a featured contributor on many national television news networks, E. Steven utilized his position to facilitate conversation and raise the public discourse around the issues of our day.
“E. Steven’s passing is a significant loss for Philadelphia; he was one of our city’s most prominent civic voices. I have fond memories of working with him on many occasions through the organizations with which he was involved. E. served on several boards including the Philadelphia Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, the Urban League of Philadelphia, the Multicultural Affairs Congress and the Marian Anderson Awards Association, among others, and I had the pleasure of appointing him Chair of the re-established Mayor’s Commission on Literacy on September 8, 2010.
“I offer my deepest condolences to his wife, Lisa, his sons, his colleagues at Radio One and iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Communications, and his legions of listeners and fans. He will be truly missed.”
Radio One Chairperson and Founder, Catherine Hughes, says “E. Steven Collins was a valued member of the Radio One Family for over a decade, and brought together the corporate, civic, clergy and overall community for a positive good. I personally recruited E. and firmly believe that it was one of the wisest hires of an exemplary executive and broadcaster. My heartfelt and profound condolences to his wife Lisa, sons- Rashid and Langston as well as all of his relatives, friends, legions of listeners, and his Radio One family. ”
I have known him most of my life, the guy is an icon in Philly. What he did that most don’t do anymore is give of his time. If you needed him he would be there for you. He was a dynamic communicator and relationship builder. He knew the movers and shakers as well as the block captains and folk in jail. Tremendous loss for Philadelphia.
I am STUNNED to hear about the death of my friend and colleague E. Steven Collins. We literally just communicated on Saturday. He was such an amazing person. Such a committed and principled leader in this community. Such a gifted broadcaster. But above all else, he was just a beautiful brother. Sending love and comfort to Lisa, Rashid, and Langston. Sometimes life is just absurd…
E. Steven Collins at Work..