Saturday, August 29, 2015

Eliot Keller, co-founder and General Manager of Z102.9, KZIA, died on December 28th, 2009 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

In 1974, Eliot Keller unknowingly started what became one of the most prolific local broadcasting careers the radio industry has seen.  With partner Rob Norton, Eliot continually raised the bar as to what it meant to serve the public interest from a little room with a handful of records and a microphone.

If you were lucky enough to know or work with him, the public service side of Eliot Keller was always inspirational.  He was a powerful voice in the radio industry and in the local community he worked so hard to serve.

This public service, important as it is, was never the reason you looked forward to spending time with Eliot.  He always had a knack of making you feel that none of the work was as important as you are.

Knowing that the radio broadcasting industry and our community as a whole has lost a natural leader, we will miss the man.  With one of the most infectious smiles and a giggle that was all Eliot, his warmth as a father, husband, partner, manager and friend will be missed most of all.


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Good by Eliot Keller
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George Davison

12-29-2009 15:43 EditEdit QuoteQuote ReplyReply  
It is difficult to say good by to a friend. It is even more difficult when you knew the day was coming, but you did not know when it would arrive.

Eliot Keller was a man of passion. He understood what it took to motivate people to do their best work. He worked diligently to provide circumstances in which individuals could succeed. He mentored. He promoted. He believed. He served. He gave of himself. He was a friend.

The world is a better place because Eliot Keller passed this way. I am a better person because of the life lessons that Eliot shared with me.

Rest in peace, my friend. You have made the world a better place.


12-29-2009 19:56 EditEdit QuoteQuote ReplyReply  
Today I am a better employee, friend, mom, and wife because of everything Eliot taught me. Even during the past few months, when our communication was via the phone or internet, I could see Eliot's smile. Every day he made a point to ask how I was doing, while he was battling for his life he still wanted to know how my health and family was. What a brave, brave man. I will never forget you and will miss you everyday.

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