Zimmer Communications Annual Recap: The Sounds of Excellence

Zimmer celebration of success 2023

As we embark on a new chapter, it’s time to pause, reflect, and celebrate the remarkable milestones achieved over the past year at Zimmer Communications. It’s been an exhilarating journey filled with countless accomplishments, recognition for our talented team members, accolades for our diverse range of radio stations and magazines, significant charitable contributions to our beloved community, and a multitude of fun-filled endeavors that brought us closer together.

At Zimmer Communications, our mission is more than just running 13 radio stations and 3 magazines. It's about fostering a creative environment where every team member can thrive. It's about utilizing our expertise to bolster your business and empower our community. Our corporate philosophy, "We're in business to help your business grow," remains at the heart of everything we do.

Join us as we glimpse the incredible tapestry of achievements that shaped our year. From the relentless dedication of our behind-the-scenes heroes to the outstanding work of our digital and creative teams, it's time to celebrate the essence of Zimmer Communications' success.

Here’s a snapshot of our fantastic journey:

2023 Radio Mercury Awards

  • Zimmer's Director of Creative Services, Josh Ryan, as well as local voice and creative talent/radio personality Joe Lose were recognized for having some of the best commercials in the country during the Radio Mercury Awards. They received a combined 5 nominations for this prestigious national recognition! 

Radio Mercury Awards 2023

Here are the 5 ads that were nominated to be considered among the best ads in the country:

Just Jeff’s – Joey Lose and Josh Ryan


Kretch’s Custom Exteriors – Joey Lose


Steve’s Pest Control - “Dr. Bill” – Josh Ryan


Steve’s Pest Control - “Pestimonial Campaign” – Josh Ryan


Steve’s Pest Control - “Spring Press Conference” – Josh Ryan


2023 Marconi Award Winners & Nominees

Every year, the National Association of Broadcasters holds the prestigious Marconi Awards in New York, marking radio's pinnacle event. These awards symbolize radio's most esteemed recognitions, and Zimmer Communications made a notable presence among the honored recipients.

2023 Marconi Award Winners:

2023 Marconi Award Nominees:

  • Clear-99  - Country Station of the Year nominee

2023 National Association of Broadcasters Awards

For the past couple of years,  Zimmer has been recognized by the NAB Leadership Foundation for our commitment to serving our communities. But this is the first time we've been nominated for 2 awards in the same year!
  • KCMQ was nominated for their Honor Flight Radiothon.
  • Zimmer Communications was nominated as a Broadcast Ownership Group recognition for the CMN Radiothon.

2023 Country Music Association

Every Fall, Nashville hosts the grand event of the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, a dazzling celebration of country music. This star-studded gala honors exceptional accomplishments by both country music artists and broadcasters, spotlighting their outstanding contributions to the industry.
  • Clear-99 - CMA Station of the Year finalist


2023 Missouri Broadcaster's Association Awards

2023 MBA Award Winners

2023 MBA Award Citations of Merit

2023 48th Annual Gracie Award

The Alliance for Women in Media, founded in 1951 as American Women in Radio and Television, supports and empowers women across media segments around the country through networking, education, and recognition. Their mission is to connect, recognize, and inspire women in the media industry, culminating in the establishment of The Gracies Awards in 1997 and a renaming to the Alliance for Women in Media in 2010, showcasing their dedication to representing and celebrating women's contributions in media for over seven decades.
  • Congrats to KAT Country’s Erin Hart for receiving a national Gracie Award 

Erin Hart Gracie Award

2023 Best of Columbia 

  • In June, Inside Columbia Magazine celebrated the Best of Columbia Gold Winners at the Country Club of Missouri. It was our best turnout thus far, with great margaritas and lots of amazing local businesses to congratulate! 
  • Best of Columbia is again seeing record-breaking numbers, with over 150,000 community nominations this year celebrating the very best of the Columbia community!


2023 Local Community Support and Charitable Campaigns

At Zimmer Communications, we deeply cherish the significance of nurturing the community we call home. Engaging in numerous charitable initiatives and events year-round, our commitment extends across the company as a whole, our stations, and even resonates through the distinct personalities of each station.


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Honor Flight of the Ozarks Radiothon Check Presentation 2023

  • 98.7 The Dove morning show hosts, Kevin & Chris, hosted a nearly sold-out “Pretty In Pink” movie party at Alamo Draft House to benefit The Breast Cancer Foundation of The Ozarks!

  • MC'd by KCMQ, the 17th annual Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cookoff raises money for Columbia's Boys and Girls Club of Columbia. This event raised over $80,000! We also took home the gold for Best Costumes, a reminder that we are a team of many talents!

  • The Como Man Show was also our most successful yet. With over 80 business booths and 1,500 people in attendance, this was a record-setting event for the year!

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  • KWTO held the first Town Hall live broadcast on Wednesday, July 26th. “The Vicious Cycle of Homelessness in Springfield and Greene County” featured experts who assist or interact with the homeless in our community.

  • KCMQ's 2nd annual True North Radiothon raised $32,500 to help victims of domestic violence in mid-Missouri. 

KCMQ True North Radiothon 2023

  • Zimmer stations in both mid-Missouri and Springfield hosted the One-for-One Food Drive this year. Together, we were able to raise AN INCREDIBLE 218,368 MEALS that will be provided to Missourians in need. 
Food Drive 2023

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2023 Zimmer Accomplishments

Jonathan Durbin, Zimmer Recruitment Director and now a certified True Colors instructor, presented True Colors training to everyone in the company. One consistency between all sessions was how invested everyone was in uplifting and bettering our teamwork and communication. As we continue to grow departments in every market, we must maintain integrity and passion by ensuring every new team member is the right culture fit!

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As we bid farewell to this extraordinary year, Zimmer Communications stands proud, humbled by the recognition received, the milestones crossed, and the impact made within our community. None of this would have been possible without the dedication of our remarkable team, the unwavering support from our listeners and readers, and the trust bestowed upon us by the businesses we serve. As we step into the future, fueled by gratitude and driven by our commitment to excellence, we eagerly anticipate another year of growth, innovation, and meaningful connections. Thank you for being part of our journey. Here's to many more remarkable moments ahead!

True Colors Training with Zimmer Communications

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