Longtime Ohio Valley sportscaster and WKKX (1600) afternoon talk show host George Kellas has died at 53 after a long battle with cancer.

A graduate of Triadelphia High School and West Liberty State College, Kellas began his broadcasting career at WWVA (1170) and eventually spent 20 years as a TV sports anchor at WTRF-TV (7) and WTOV-TV (9).

Besides covering the Steelers for WTOV, he also did play-by-play for the NBC affiliate’s “Game of the Week.”

Kellas is survived by his wife, Sherri, and children George III, Max and Lydia.

Friends will be received Sunday and Monday at Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger St., Wheeling, with services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

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