Thursday, October 23, 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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Eliot just "got it"
Last Post 12-30-2009 20:59 by Liz Mathis. 0 Replies.
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My heart goes out to Eliot's family on the days, weeks and months ahead. It also goes out to his loyal staff at all of the radio stations and his long-time business partner, Robbie Norton. Robbie and Eliot have been extremely successful together and that kind of frienship only comes out of respect and loyalty.

Eliot has been a friend for a long time -not only to me, but so many others. We have discussed broadcast trends and scandals (!)...the Hawks and the Wartburg Knights. Our broadcast interests brought us together in several venues including the University of Iowa Journalism School Professional Advisory Board (PAB). Eliot was always the first to make certain broadcast was one of the topics at our meetings. Print was king in the 70's and 80's at the school and he was pleased to see that digital curriculum was finally starting to rise to the top of the meeting agendas. We missed him at our last meeting that took place in early December and will continue to miss his ideas, opinions and dream-weaving in the future.

Thanks for your leadership, Eliot.

Liz Mathis
Chief Information Officer
Four Oaks


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