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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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Thank you Eliot
Last Post 12-29-2009 14:43 by Mark Hazlett. 0 Replies.
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Mark Hazlett

12-29-2009 14:43 DeleteDelete EditEdit QuoteQuote ReplyReply  
Eliot –

It was with great sorrow that I read of your passing in this morning’s Gazette

I am going to miss you Eliot. Way back in 1978 I was just out of college when I went to work for Ma Bell. The very first account I called on was KRNA and I met with you. It took me forever but your account was actually one of my first sales – the ‘FX’ line that gave KARNA a local Cedar Rapids phone number. We stayed in touch off and on over the years; we would do lunch every now and then and you would let me send to you a news release for editing (I know, it’s a PRESS release, not a ‘news’ release) or I would send some marketing tidbit that I was going to put out for your review and opinion. I valued your opinion. You were a wordsmith who was not afraid to correct me and offer your opinion. And your opinions were valued.

Yes, you will be missed Eliot. You were a unique individual with a great smile, a great sense of humor and someone who took the time to listen to and give me your foresight and assistance.

Thank you, my friend.

Mark Hazlett

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