UTICA, N.Y. – Local DJ and studio manager Bryson Keith Collins, known by many as DJ Big B, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.
Big B was the head DJ and studio manager for 95.5 FM The Heat Phoenix Radio.
Collins had always aspired to be a DJ, and is remembered by his co-workers at Phoenix Radio for his professionalism, dedication, and infectious humor.
His appreciation for music started as a child, when he learned to play the drums. He started mixing music as a DJ at just 14 years old. He and his friends even formed a rap group known as Def Is It.
Collins was a single father and supported his two boys while balancing his full-time DJ career.
The employees at Phoenix Radio say Big D was known for his intuitive sense of music and had a knack for personalizing tapes and CDs for his customers.
His co-workers also say he was kind, even when dealing with difficult situations – they say he was greatly loved and will be missed at the station.