Star-Bulletin Sports


Keiter retires
as spokesman

By Dave Reardon

Les Keiter is retiring as Aloha Stadium spokesman after more than eight years at the post.

Keiter, the legendary sportscaster known as "The General," said he wants to spend more time on other projects. Keiter, 83, will resume his radio show of sports flashbacks, "The General Remembers," in the fall.

"I'm very excited about it," Keiter said. "I want to get back to my radio roots."

This is actually Keiter's second retirement. He retired from KHON TV-2, where he was sports director, in 1994 after 22 years.

That was after he made a national name for himself covering major sports in San Francisco, New York and Philadelphia in the 1950s and '60s.

Keiter also lived in Hawaii in 1949 and '50.

McNeil Wilson Communications, which handles public relations for the stadium, will assume most of Keiter's duties, he said.

"I will always be grateful to (Stadium Manager) Eddie Hayashi," Keiter said. "In my heart I'll always be his spokesman."

Keiter said the "Stadium Stars" program, in which he coached budding sportscasters, will continue. He said he will be available as a consultant.

Keiter said he plans to remain active as emcee for The Honolulu Quarterback Club's weekly meetings.

"I'm stepping down, but I don't plan on disappearing," Keiter said.

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