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Community mourns loss of Phoenix Radio's DJ Big B

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Local DJ and studio manager Bryson Keith Collins, known by many as DJ Big B, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.

Posted: Sep 27, 2019 4:54 PM

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.

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