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Background Information

Employment History

Broadcast Pioneers

Color Analyst

University of Colorado

Football and Basketball Announcer

University of Michigan


Advisory Board Member
Colorado Ski Museum & Hall of Fame


Member, Selection Committees
Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

BPC Hall of Fame

Member, Scholarship Committee
Colorado Chapter

Member, Scholarship Committee

Order of St. Barbara

Member of the Radio Team

Member, Scholarship Committee
the United States Army Artillery

Member, Scholarship Committee
Colorado State


Columbia Military Academy

Louisiana State University

University of Missouri School of Journalism

bachelor's degree


University of Missouri

journalism degree


journalism degree

University of Missouri

Web References (48 Total References)

Colorado Football Network - - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado [cached]

LARRY ZIMMER, Color Analyst

Larry Zimmer has a lengthy and impressive broadcast history. In addition to serving as play-by-play announcer for the Colorado Buffaloes Radio Network for the past 34 years, Zimmer has provided play-by-play and color commentary for the Denver Broncos, Colorado State football, the Western Athletic Conference and NCAA basketball tournaments, to name a few. He also has broadcast four Super Bowls, worked with the CBS Radio team covering the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., and anchored coverage of numerous World Cup Ski events, professional ski races and major golf tournaments. Zimmer is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including "Who's Who in America" for eight years - including 2003 - and Colorado Broadcaster of the Year in 1995.

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2009 - Larry Zimmer (University of Colorado)

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Larry Zimmer

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Larry Zimmer, BJ '57, left, recipient of the 2009 Chris Schenkel Award for a lifetime of college football broadcasting excellence, began calling games for the University of Colorado in 1971.
Larry Zimmer, BJ '57, has spent more than 44 years cultivating that relationship, mostly as the voice of the Colorado Buffaloes' football program. In December 2009, he received the Chris Schenkel Award for a lifetime of broadcasting achievement.
"In truth, you are being invited into a person's living room," Zimmer says. "You're really only talking to one person or two people in a very intimate medium."
Zimmer has spent the majority of his career covering sports - most notably CU athletics and the NFL's Denver Broncos - with KOA-AM in the Denver-Boulder area. But his broadcasting career began at KFRU-AM working for Mizzou legend Mahlon Aldridge, who was recently inducted posthumously into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. While in Columbia, Zimmer covered the Hickman Kewpies' march to the 1962 state basketball championship and Tiger hoops. He also broadcast the 1964 College World Series in Omaha, Neb., where Mizzou was runner-up to the University of Minnesota.
"No other school in the country could give me that background," he says. "I still believe Mizzou has the greatest J-School in the world."
Since 1971, Zimmer has witnessed four Colorado football Big 8 championships, one Big 12 championship, a national championship, a Heisman Trophy-winning running back (the Buffaloes' Rashaan Salaam in 1994), four Super Bowls and several immortal sports moments such as the "Miracle in Michigan" and "The Drive."
Now, in addition to his radio duties, Zimmer teaches a sports broadcasting class at the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Throughout the semester, the professor stresses his trademark pillars of preparation, passion and accuracy.
"I realized when I was 10 years old that I wasn't going to be a very good athlete," Zimmer says of his childhood in Louisiana.

News Notes [cached]

The new Hall of Fame members include GENE HOUSTON, TOM MULVEY, JOHN RAYBURN and LARRY ZIMMER.

Zimmer was play-by-play and color commentator for the Denver Broncos and Colorado Buffalos Football teams from 1971- 1996. He continues to broadcast the Colorado Buffalos games and works for KOA radio. Since 2002 he has been Adjunct Instructor of Journalism (Sports Broadcasting) at the University of Colorado school of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Museum Information [cached]

Larry Zimmer

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