Philadelphia, September 9, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement on the passing of Philadelphia radio personality E. Steven Collins:
“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 Clear Channel Communications, and his legions of listeners and fans. He will be truly missed.”