Online fundraiser launched for local journalist Chris Collins

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Staff Writer
Published: 1/17/2022 10:56:22 AM
Modified: 1/17/2022 10:55:18 AM

GREENFIELD — Local disc jockey Robert “Bobby C” Campbell has launched a fundraiser for Chris Collins, a prominent community member who has been in the hospital coping with serious heart issues since before Christmas.

Collins is a WHAI and Bear Country broadcaster, Frontier Community Access Television (FCAT) general manager, Greenfield Community Television (GCTV) director and former Greenfield Recorder columnist.

Collins, who couldn’t be reached for comment, has been dealing with heart issues for years, according to Campbell. His recent stint in the hospital and current work hiatus has made it difficult for him and his wife to pay bills. Campbell’s GoFundMe had raised around $9,000 as of Sunday evening, $11,000 short of Campbell’s $20,000 goal.

Aside from general human empathy, Campbell emphasized the impact Collins has had as a local journalist as a reason why supporting him is important.

“One thing I’ll say about Chris is he’s a very smart man,” Campbell said. “He’s very intelligent. He cares a lot about Franklin County.”

He continued, adding that Collins has played a major role in pioneering local radio coverage of high school hockey, helped elevate community television to new heights, and spoke out on his viewpoints with unabashed sincerity.

“He surely put out very big points of view about what we could do to make Franklin County better and he never sugarcoated it,” Campbell said.

“Chris has been a leader in Franklin County for many years and a role model to so many,” wrote Sharyn Paciorek, president of South County TRIAD, a partnership between law enforcement, community organizations and seniors that donated $500 to the fundraiser.

In addition to commending Collins’ professional significance to the county, Campbell referenced over four decades of best friendship to advocate for him.

“I just want to get my friend back on his feet. … That’s the reason why I did it,” Campbell said of organizing the fundraiser.

Those interested in donating to the cause can do so online at bit.ly/3fxDpbn.

“Any little bit will help Chris at this very difficult time,” Paciorek wrote in an email.

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or jmendoza@recorder.com.


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