Friday, September 04, 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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Eliot's incredible character always amazed me. He was consistently strong, fair, honest, decent, brilliant, funny, and positive! He (and Rob) gave me the once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a great radio station. More importantly, he demonstrated the right way to do things. He created an enviroment, wherever he was, that was better because he was there. He was quick to celebrate the successes of others. He was supportive when there were challenges. When something needed to be done, he was willing and able to do it. When he faced the toughest challenge of all, he continued to work and laugh. I feel incredibly lucky to have known Eliot.

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