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Corridor loses a legend

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Legendary Iowa broadcaster Eliot Keller died Monday from complications from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Keller, 62, was most recently the President, Treasurer and General Manager of KZIA, Inc. which owns and operates Z102.9 and AM 1600 in Cedar Rapids.

Keller's legendary professional career began in 1967 at KCII-AM in Washington. In 1969 Keller worked in news at WHBF AM-FM-TV, now WKBF-TV, in Rock Island, Illinois. Then in 1970, Keller went to WOC AM-TV, now KWQC-TV, in Davenport.

In 1974 Keller helped found KRNA radio in Iowa City and served as their General Manager from 1974 to 1998.

Keller received his Bachelor of Arts in Radio-TV Journalism and Certificate in Journalism from the University of Iowa in 1970. While at Iowa, Keller worked at WSUI and at the Daily Iowan.

He then received his Master of Arts in Mass Communications from San Diego State University in 1976.

After graduating from college, Keller didn't forget about journalism students. He served on the University of Iowa's Professional Advisory Board of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the National Advisory Board of the Communications Arts Department at Wartburg College in Waverly.

He was inducted into the Iowa Broadcaster Hall of Fame earlier this year, adding to his already lengthy award list.

Aside from broadcasting, Keller was active in a number of volunteer organizations, chairing the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Council and before that, the Council's Transportation Subcommittee.

He was also a member of the Government Affairs Forum of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

In 2007, Keller helped organize the National Rail Passenger Leadership Summit in Chicago which brought together transportation advocates from across the country to promote passenger trains.

From 1980-1983 he was a member of the board of the state chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

One of Keller's hopes was that his activities would make for at least a slightly better world.

Keller is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sandra, his daughter Nicole M. Keller (T. James Bush) of Indianapolis, Indiana, and his grandson, Cole M. Bush.

To abide by Keller's wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Instead, memorial contributions may be made to the Iowa Impact Endowment Fund of the University of Iowa Foundation, the endowment of Community Foundation of Johnson County or the Midwest High Speed Rail Association.

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