Wednesday, September 02, 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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Last Post 12-31-2009 04:32 by Pam aka Gidget. 0 Replies.
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Pam aka Gidget

12-31-2009 04:32 DeleteDelete EditEdit QuoteQuote ReplyReply  
Wow. What a tribute to you, Eliot, what has been said about you so far and I know there is more to come. As I have read all of these comments, my mind swims with so many memories and what there is to say.

I have known Eliot for 24 1/2 years now and he basically watched AND helped me gorw up. I was 19 years old when I started working for him at KRNA as the Bookkeeper/Traffic Director/Computer Operator (yes, that really was my title). My how modern technology has changed. My 8 years of full-time there took me through a little on-air stint (as Gidget-the weather girl), doing a few remotes, getting mairried, working up to Office Manager, and having two of my three children, at which time I quit to stay home and raise them. That lasted for about 3 months and I was back working for Eliot on a part-time basis. I have been working for him in some capacity ever since.

He always encouraged me to be better, work smarter-not harder, and he gave me so many opportunities that have made me the person I am today.

I have a heavy heart when I think of things I won't be able to talk to him about but I know his spirit will always be with me.

So, my dear friend, you are famous for saying "If it hurts to do that, then don't do that". Well, it hurts to say Good-bye to you, so I won't. I'll just say "See ya later."


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