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On Monday, September 9th, shortly after midnight, Mr. Collins suffered a massive heart attack and was rushed to Chestnut Hill Hospital where he passed surrounded by family and close friends.

Radio One, Philadelphia residents and the broadcast community share this tragic loss of radio legend and community leader, E. Steven Collins and proclaim Saturday September 21st “E. Steven Collins Day”. Radio One, Philadelphia will honor his life with a public memorial at Sharon Baptist Church, located at 3955 Conshohocken Avenue in Philadelphia, Pa. The memorial will run from Noon-3pm on Saturday, September 21st.  The Radio One family welcomes our listening community, family and friends to join them in a celebration of the life of E. Steven Collins.

The entire community has galvanized to honor Radio One’s own broadcast legend and host of “Philly Speaks” on Old School 100.3. There will be tributes by Mayor Michael NutterKenny GambleCongressman Chaka Fattah, Radio One’s founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, Senator Vincent Hughes and music tributes from Marvin Sapp, Tye Tribbett, Kindred The Family Soul, Jeff Bradshaw, Carol Riddick and more.

E. Steven Collins, affectionately known as E., devoted over 30 years to broadcasting and spent the last 10 years of his career with Radio One Philadelphia. Countless lives were impacted by his compassion and concern for the common man in our community. His positive influence was widespread, garnering respect from state and city officials, clergy and local citizens for whom he became a “voice”. E. Steven Collins was often called the “Unofficial Mayor of Philadelphia” as his influence and friends included U.S. Congressman, Governors, Senators, City Council, and more.

Gifts to The E. Steven Collins Memorial Scholarship Fund can be made online atgiving.temple.edu/esteven