END OF AN ERA
ELLIOT BLOCK, DIES FROM COMPLICATIONS OF DIABETES, WAS ONE OF THE PIONEERS OF THE LPTV INDUSTRY, WINNER IN THE INCENTIVE AUCTION, AND A MENTOR TO MANY IN THE BIZ
Services will be held at Weil Kahn Funeral Home, 8350 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Friday, November 29, at 11:00AM. Visitation begins at the funeral home at 10:00AM.
Friends may call at his residence Friday November 29, 2:00PM-5:00PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Heart Association would be appreciated.
some statements from collegues & friends...
"I only knew Elliott for 3 years, but we had so much in common, it felt like we had been lifetime friends. He was an every-man's entrepreneur. He started his video store (Block Video) in 1982 and launched his station in 1990 as a way to be competitive with big stations offering free commercial production with airtime purchase. He became known as the Godfather of Local TV to his friends, because he helped so many people get their start in the industry. Elliott was always willing to spend time with guys new to TV, whether to advise them which piece of equipment to use, or help troubleshooting an ailing transmitter.
Elliott's stations in Cincinnati launched so many TV careers, they were referred to by his employees as Block University. Elliott had many passions including a large collection of Classic Cars, but TV was always his number one favorite "hobby". Everyone who knew him will miss him."
"Elliot was gruff with a heart of gold. I meet him in the late 80's when I was working to Television Technology and Elliot owned a video store in Cincinnati. He bought a 100 watt transmitter and put it on top of a bar in, I believe, Pleasant Ridge. Though the years, to me, he was Mr. LPTV. He helped anyone starting out that asked him and would give tours of his station. He collected lots of used equipment and gave or sold to folks at super reasonable prices. Many of the early LPTV stations got on the air with equipment from Elliot Block. He was truly a pioneer of our industry. I put him along side Doc St. Clair."
"He was a good friend as much as a client. He always wanted to do good things for the community at large. I will very much miss him."
"Elliott was a great friend to Low Power TV and a great personal friend. I met him 7 years ago, after I posted on a low power loop about my interest in LPTV. He told me to call him anytime, and I took him up on that offer. Without his help I would ever been able to build the station to where it is today, from advice on equipment to programming, I became his protege. He allowed me to be his shadow at the NAB and introduced me to industry people. He really enjoyed helping others in the industry, He would always tell you exactly what was on his mind, which could bother some, but he was always trying to be honest. I talked to him about 4 to five days a week, the conversations could last hours because he simply enjoyed talking about TV. He became my best friend even though we were 700 miles apart. I will miss him immensely, as will the industry. He became known as "The Godfather of Low Power TV at the NAB, his table was known as the "FUN" table as friends would gather for great conversation. He was a great man."