Zimmer Communications Celebrates a Winning Year in 2021

2021 has proven to be a year of celebrating for our team here at Zimmer Communications, and we couldn't be more grateful! We are honored to have been recognized at the Missouri Broadcasters Association's (MBA) award ceremony this month during their annual convention at the Hilton of Branson Convention Center in Branson, MO. Zimmer's own, Carla Leible, made history when she was awarded the 2021 Distinguished Broadcaster award by the MBA, being the first woman to receive the award in Missouri.

Several radio stations in the Zimmer family took home awards the same night, including the following:

Corporate Award

  • Miracles for Kids Radiothon - 1st Place Winner

Air Talent

  • Best of Jordan Jay- KAT Country - 1st Place Winner
  • Springfield Happy Hour with Nate Lucas  KWTO - Certificate of Merit

Best Morning Show (Medium Market)

  • The Morning Shag KCMQ Shags and Trevor- 1st Place Winner
  • Liz and Scotty Clear 99 - Certificate of Merit
  • Erin and Matt KAT Country - Certificate of Merit

Best Morning Show (Small Market)

  • Kevin Hilley and The Wave Wake Up- 101.9 The Wave - Certificate of Merit


  • Helias vs Father Tolton- KTGR (Andy Humphrey) - 1st Place Winner
  • Helias Football vs Smithville -KWOS (Kevin Kelley)- Certificate of Merit

Commercial Series

  • Just Jeff’s Campaign- Clear 99 (Joe Lose) - 1st Place Winner

Station Sponsored Community Event

  • Miracles for Kids Radiothon- KAT Country -1st Place Winner

Breaking Weather Coverage 

Complete Newscast

  • KWTO Local News 2/17/21 7AM- Don Louzader - 1st Place Winner
  • KWTO Local News 2/18/21 6:30 AM- Don Louzader - Certificate of Merit

Breaking News (Medium Market)

  •  Tricia Derges Indictment 2/1/21 KWTO - Don Louzader -Certificate of Merit

Zimmer Communications has also been nominated for 5 Marconi awards by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), with winners being announced at their annual convention October 9-13, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marconi awards are given for broadcast excellence and are the highest level of honor in broadcasting, named after Guglielmo Marconi, an inventor known as the father of radio.


Additionally, Zimmer Communications was awarded The Service To Community Award for Radio in the ownership group category during the Celebration of Service to America Awards program in July, 2021, presented by the NAB Leadership Foundation. This recognized Zimmer’s “Miracles for Kids” radiothon as outstanding community service by local broadcasters.


As we reflect in the past year, and in moving forward, we are humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of this industry, and to be given the opportunity to make a difference in the communities we serve. We do not take these recognitions lightly and are honored to have been awarded in such high regard in the last year. From each of us here at Zimmer Communications, we'd like to thank you.




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