COLUMBIA – A former Columbia broadcaster and MU alumnus will be inducted into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame.
Larry Zimmer, who has broadcast more than 1,006 Buffaloes football and basketball games, will be enshrined in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame along with 11 others Nov. 15. He is the first non-athlete, non-coach or non-administrator to receive the honor. Zimmer teaches journalism at the university.
Zimmer began his broadcasting career at Columbia’s KFRU/1400 AM. While there, he called games for Hickman Kewpies football and basketball, and he also covered Missouri baseball’s 1964 runner-up finish in the College World Series.
This is Zimmer’s third entry into a hall of fame, according to his biography on the Colorado athletics website. In 2010, he was enshrined in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2009, he was inducted into the Broadcast Professionals of Colorado Hall of Fame. In addition to his work with the Buffaloes, Zimmer provided commentary for the Denver Broncos for 26 seasons.
Zimmer graduated from MU in 1957 and gained national recognition in 2009 when he received the Chris Schenkel Award for college football broadcast excellence, according to a Spring 2010 article in the Mizzou Alumni Association magazine, Mizzou.