(September 9, 2013) PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Music Alliance, which promotes the vast contributions of Philadelphians to all music genres most prominently through the Walk of Fame, issued the following statement today regarding the sudden passing this morning of Philadelphia radio legend E. Steven Collins of Radio One.
“E. Steven Collins has been a friend and longtime supporter of the PMA for a number of years, and has hosted several of our most recent induction ceremonies along the Avenue of the Arts,” said Joseph Tarsia, chairman of the Philadelphia Music Alliance. “He was always a positive influence, and his distinguished presence was a perfect fit for the honors we bestow. Next month’s Walk of Fame ceremony, and all future inductions, certainly won’t be the same without him. This is a great loss for Philadelphia’s cultural community.”
Collins devoted the past decade 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. His is one of the most well-known and respected names in Philadelphia broadcasting, with a distinguished 30-year history marked by his passionate devotion to the community. www.pmawalk.com