Wednesday, April 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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Last Post 01-04-2010 22:59 by Andi Troester. 0 Replies.
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I have many fond memories of my time at KRNA. It's funny how as life moves forward that people fail to age in our minds. Eliot's still a young man with a passion for trains and food in my minds eye, wearing suspenders with flair.

I interviewed with Eliot for the reception position at age 21 (Robbie loving called it VP of Prize Coordination - thank you for that). I'd just moved back from D.C. and was ready to show off all my snazzy citified skills. Eliot asked me what my ideal job was. I promptly (with great forethought) told him it would be to have an outdoor kitchen where I could cook all day long while loving nature. Because that’s what all receptionists should do, of course. Chris, the office manager, looked at me like I was nuts (but amusing). Eliot, on the other hand, said, “You’re hired!”.

Eliot was an understated man in many respects, but his voice could be a whisper in a room full of screaming and he’d be the one I’d listen for. He was a wonderful spirit and I’m certain he’ll be missed by many.

Blessings to his family and loved ones,
Andi


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