Friday, August 28, 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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Reply To Topic Topic: respect
Posted By on 12-30-2009 09:25
In my nine years of working for Eliot what I most embrace is the fact that Eliot never demanded your respect. He earned your respect. And he did it with class and grace. We've lost a great character with great character. He didn't need to be the center of attention, but he was truly the backbone of the radio station. In my experience it's rare to find a person in this industry who is unselfish and not bent on letting you know how important they are. Eliot was that person, that leader that was content in tirelessly getting it done and done extremely well. Congratulations, Eliot, on a life well led. You deserve to take a bow.
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