Sportscaster Les Keiter Dead At 89
April 15, 2009 at 5:03 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of longtime HONOLULU, NEW YORK, and PHILADELPHIA sportscaster LES KEITER, who died TUESDAY (4/14) in HONOLULU, 13 days short of his 90th birthday. The HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN reports that KEITER had been suffering from dementia for several months.
KEITER, the longtime Sports Director at KHON-TV/HONOLULU and radio voice of the old HAWAII ISLANDERS minor league baseball club, was known in NEW YORK for calling recreations of SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS games on WINS-A after the GIANTS left NEW YORK for the WEST COAST in 1958.
He called major league and SAN FRANCISCO SEALS minor league recreations as Sports Director at KPOA-A/HONOLULU in 1949-50 before heading to the mainland in MODESTO; he worked for ABC and MUTUAL as well as WINS, called NEW YORK GIANTS football and NEW YORK KNICKS basketball, and served as Sports Director at WFIL-TV (now WPVI-TV)/PHILADELPHIA in 1963-70. He also appeared on "HAWAII FIVE-O" and served as spokesman for ALOHA STADIUM for eight years after his 1994 retirement from TV.