Tuesday, July 29, 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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Posted By on 12-29-2009 07:27
I worked for Eliot for 15 years, beginning in January 1981. He immediately fostered my long held interest in radio and allowed me to thrive and grow within the industry we both held dear. Over that time, we both learned much, had a ton of fun, made good money, and grew KRNA into a community leader. Eliot taught all of his employees the value of hard work, dedication, and a sense of humor. Many of the lessons Eliot taught are still used by us in our day to day personal and professional duties, which is the greatest tribute any of us could earn in our lifetimes. His positive outlook and approach to difficult situations will be his most lasting impression upon me. It was a dream job come true in 1981. Without that first opportunity given to me by he and his partner Dave Hoehne, I wouldn't be where I am today. Through that experience I was able to meet and work with some wonderfully creative and unique individuals, many of whom I still call friends today. To Sandy and Nicole, you have my best wishes at this most difficult time. To Rob, you have lost a brother in arms. Life could not have given you a more suitable friend and partner. Now it is up to you to carry the torch.
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