1999 Inductee

Fred Keller, a director, playwright, actor, writer and producer, was enormously successful along those lines at WBEN Radio beginning in 1942. But it wasn’t until 1948, when he helped sign-on WBEN-TV (Channel 4), that he elevated his career to near-sacred ground. As program director and artistic guiding light behind Channel 4’s first 14 years of super-success, he shepherded virtually all local on-air content, ruling with the proverbial iron hand and rarely making a decision that wasn’t creatively splendid. Keller’s overwhelming load of local live programming was notable for artistic merit, community service and respect for the audience. Still heard on many commercial voiceovers, he performed a guest-shot on the NBC Saturday night drama series “The Pretender.”

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