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Former Pittsburgh and Longtime broadcaster and radio host C.S. Keys has passed away at 54 according to a San Diego television station. The station announced the following story this morning.
Keys first moved to San Diego to take a position as the morning weathercaster for KUSI.

Four years later he joined San Diego 6 as their sports director, anchor and host of That Sunday Sports Show.

Most recently Keys was the executive producer and host of C.S. Keys Pregame Show on Mighty 1090.

Keys worked in Pittsburgh before moving to San Diego and was described as the “number one African American presence or role model outside of athletics.”

Members of the sports world took to Twitter to pay tribute to Keys following his passing.
C.S. Keys came to San Diego in April of 2000 as the morning weathercaster for the KUSI Morning News. He quickly became one of the top television personalities in San Diego. After four (4) years he joined San Diego 6 (formerly FOX 6) Ten O’clock News as their Sports Director/Anchor and host of “That Sunday Sports Show.” Formerly the Executive Producer & Host of The C.S. Keys Show on wsRadio.com, he returned to San Diego 6 as their Weather Anchor/Sports Reporter in 2011. Recently he was the Executive Producer/Host of “The C.S. Keys Pregame Show” on San Diego’s Sports Leader, The Mighty 1090.

Before coming to San Diego, C.S. delivered the weather forecast for WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for three years making their morning program one of the top rated news programs in the market. Prior to that, C.S. was the main weather anchor for competitor KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. C.S.’ arrival to KDKA made him the first African-American to anchor the weather in the Pittsburgh market. Described as “the most dynamic personality to come into the market in years”, C.S. was known as “the number one African-American presence or role model outside of athletics.”

Prior to working in Pittsburgh, C.S. worked as weather anchor and talk show host for WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He began his broadcasting career as a sports reporter/anchor for WTVD-TV in Durham, North Carolina.

Honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, Keys won two Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards as a talk show host and was nominated twice for Individual Achievement in Weathercasting. C.S was also recognized with the Martin Luther King Service Award and Mayor Tom Murphy proclaimed September 22nd as “C.S. Keys Days” in the city of Pittsburgh for his dedication to area communities and his on-going service. In June of 2003 C.S. received the Fredrick Douglas Award as a true trailblazer in the city of San Diego. Keys was honored by Mayor Dick Murphy and the San Diego City Council when they proclaimed April 26, 2004 as “C.S. Keys Day” in the city of San Diego for his overwhelming support of all communities in San Diego and his commitment to youth.

Recognized by the California State Assembly for his tireless efforts to help San Diego youth, Keys started his own foundations, C.S Keys’ KIDS with Athletes for Education Foundation, to help those in need. C.S. is a member of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina with a B.A. in English/Media Journalism. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and raised in the Philadelphia area, C.S. is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., the National Weather Association, the NAACP, the National Association of Black Journalist, the San Diego Urban League and 100 Black Men of San Diego. A spokesperson for many worthwhile causes and a much sought after motivational speaker, C.S. is proud to make San Diego his home.
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