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Radio Legend E. Steven Collins Passes

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esc-studio-pix-1Radio One’s E. Steven Collins died from a massive heart attack early this morning. E. Steven Collins devoted the past decade of his as Radio One’s Director of Urban Marketing and External Relations and the host of his weekly show, Philly Speaks on Old School 100.3 which regularly featured a distinguished panel of local & national guests each Sunday. 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. ” E. was no stranger to the national spotlight, his unique insight and perspective has been featured on a variety of local and national media including CN8, Comcast Newsmakers and Fox 29′s Good Day Philadelphia. During ‘08 Presidential election period E. appeared numerous times on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews; Mid days and MSNBC Weekends. He also appeared on CNN Midday, CNN’s American Morning with John Roberts, CNN Weekend and PBS News Hour. E. will also leave behind his iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) family at wdas where he worked almost 30 years prior to coming to Radio One. Old School 100.3 has preempted the regularly scheduled “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” to celebrate the life of E. Steven Collins and allow his listeners to express their condolences. Listeners can call into station at 215-263-1003 and listen at Old School 100.3.  Radio One’s Colby Colb states: “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.” source

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Jerry Wells September 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Kevin, thank you for your coverage of the passing of my dear friend and colleague,
E. Steven Collins. As one who has known and worked with E, as he’s always called, since our college radio days at Temple University’s WRTI and before that, when he was at Drexel U’s WKDU, through WDAS and now at Radio-One Philly, I can say that for all the professional accomplishments, E was also a GREAT GUY. He was a devoted family man, husband and father and a true friend, not just someone you’ve known for a long time. He had that gift of being able to make anyone he talked to feel really special. E was always the same upbeat, positive, fun-to-be-around person throughout the nearly 40 years I’ve known him. He was one of those once in a lifetime, larger than life people and will truly be missed. My prayers and condolences go out to his wife, Lisa; sons Rashid and Langston and his family and many friends.
Jerry Wells


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