Thursday, July 24, 2014

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 12-29-2009 12:38 by julieh. 0 Replies.
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When you talk about someone who has died, often they become perfect. The perfect parent, boss, coworker, spouse. Well, Eliot wasn't perfect. He was, however, (and it is painful to type was instead of is!)relentlessly pursuing professional and personal improvement. He was a great boss, friend, mentor, supporter, confidant and comedian in my life and the lives of many others. He always expected the best of me, of himself and of you. If you told him of a goal, you better get ready to back that sucker up with some action. He did. He wanted a better world, and he put his money, time and effort into the game to make it better. To honor him, we should do the same.

Eliot showed us all what grace is. He never asked "why me?" and he didn't waste a minute. He accepted what came and he made the most of it. No, Eliot, it's not a perfect world, but you certainly make it a better one. Radio, the corridor and countless other things are better for the time you were here. Mission accomplished.

Eliot is (and it feels good to type IS) always going to be on my mind, in my heart and, hopefully, whispering useful, productive and hilarious things into my and your ears.

Thank YOU, Eliot. We'll see you when we see you next.

Julie Hein


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