WVBE's DJ Big Dose Killed In Panama Car Crash
January 19, 2015 at 8:59 PM (PT)
MEL WHEELER INC. Urban WVBE (THE VIBE)/ ROANOKE-LYNCHBURG, VA, Promotions Dir./on-air host CHRISTOPHER THOME, a.k.a. DJ BIG DOSE, was killed FRIDAY in a vehicle collision while vacationing in PANAMA, according to the station’s website and a report on ROANOKE.COM. He was 45.
PD KIANNA PRICE WADE told ALL ACCESS, "He was a beacon of light, more than just an air personality, a human being. Dose was a very intelligent and well versed man on many topics. Such a gentleman and very polite. He was also known internationally because he created music too. In fact he was on the verge of putting out a CD. More than anything, he was a friend and I will miss him putting a smile on my face."
The BROOKLYN-born THOME, who also went by NIGEL CHRISTOPHER, hosted the station's midday show as “DJ BIG DOSE.” According to his FACEBOOK page, THOME became interested in radio after watching his cousins scratch on the turntable.
THOME began working at an ATLANTA station In 1989, then segued to WBHH/NORFOLK, the first all hip-hop station on the EAST COAST. He joined THE VIBE in OCTOBER, 2012.
Local club DJ BOBB HASH said THOME helped reopen THE PARK, becoming one of two resident disc jockeys after it closed for a few months in 2013. “CHRIS was a one-of-a-kind individual in this industry,” HASH wrote in a FACEBOOK message. “He truly cared about those around him and pushed each of us to reach our potential (even if we didn’t recognize it ourselves). As a DJ his career spanned over 15 years, notably playing with names such as LIL JON, P DIDDY, JAGGED EDGE and more.”