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Mr. Larry Zimmer

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Radio Announcer

KOA
 
Background

Employment History

  • Play-By-Play Announcer
    Colorado Buffaloes Radio Network
  • Color Analyst
    University of Colorado
  • Analyst
    Folsom Field

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Columbia Military Academy
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Missouri School of Journalism
  • bachelor's degree , journalism
    University of Missouri
  • journalism degree
    LSU
  • journalism degree
    University of Missouri
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CU football: Larry Zimmer will ...
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CU football: Larry Zimmer will return to booth for final season
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GREELEY - - Legendary KOA Radio announcer Larry Zimmer said Thursday he will return to the broadcast booth this fall for University of Colorado home football games for his 50th and final season calling college football.
It will be Zimmer's 42nd season calling Buffs games. He also called Colorado State games for three seasons and Michigan games for five. He has spent 45 years at KOA.
Zimmer made the announcement during a media roundtable with CU athletic director Rick George following the athletic department's annual golf outing at Greeley Country Club.
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"The stars have all sort of aligned this year," Zimmer said. "I sort of had it in the back of my mind anyway, but this will be my last year."
Zimmer continues to rehabilitate from a fall that put him in the hospital Oct. 4. Complications after the fall kept him hospitalized and in a long-term care facility until February and nearly cost him his life. Zimmer said he simply lacks the strength to make road trips, at least early in the season. He is leaving open the possibility of traveling later in the season and said he will do a bowl game if the Buffs can make it back to the postseason this year.
Zimmer said he was determined to return to the booth and go out on his terms rather than having last season's home game against Oregon State become his final time calling the Buffs. He said one of the things that fueled his recovery was laying there alone in his hospital bed at night knowing so many people were thinking good thoughts for him.
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"One of the reasons was the great support I had from CU, KOA, friends and from the fans," Zimmer said. "Brigitte (Zimmer) would bring me stacks of cards and letters in the hospital from people saying, 'We can't wait to hear you back in the booth.' "
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Zimmer credited his wife of 41 years for helping him get through what turned into an extended fight for his life. He also said CU coach Mike MacIntyre and his wife, Trisha, were like having a son and daughter there to help. The MacIntyre's made regular visits to Zimmer and once brought him a picture of the football team signed with messages from every player.
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"I've joked many times that the only hall of fame Larry is not in is the FFA, future farmers of America. So it has been fun.
"He has served as friend and mentor and filled in a lot of holes in my historical knowledge that I didn't know when I first got here."
Zimmer said calling the 1990 national title victory by the CU football team was an obvious highlight for him. He also is well-known for his call of the Miracle in Michigan when the Buffs beat the Wolverines in football on a Hail Mary pass from Kordell Stewart to Michael Westbrook. He said there are far too many great memories to single out just one as his absolute favorite.
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College footballCU football: Larry Zimmer will return to booth for final season
Longtime announcer has been at KOA for 45 years GREELEY - - Legendary KOA Radio announcer Larry Zimmer said Thursday he will return to the broadcast booth this fall for University of Colorado home football games for his 50th and final season calling college football. Full Story
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College footballCU football: Larry Zimmer will return to booth for final season
Longtime announcer has been at KOA for 45 years GREELEY - - Legendary KOA Radio announcer Larry Zimmer said Thursday he will return to the broadcast booth this fall for University of Colorado home football games for his 50th and final season calling college football. Full Story
CU football: Larry Zimmer will ...
www.coloradodaily.com [cached]
CU football: Larry Zimmer will return to booth for final season
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GREELEY - - Legendary KOA Radio announcer Larry Zimmer said Thursday he will return to the broadcast booth this fall for University of Colorado home football games for his 50th and final season calling college football.
It will be Zimmer's 42nd season calling Buffs games. He also called Colorado State games for three seasons and Michigan games for five. He has spent 45 years at KOA.
Zimmer made the announcement during a media roundtable with CU athletic director Rick George following the athletic department's annual golf outing at Greeley Country Club.
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"The stars have all sort of aligned this year," Zimmer said. "I sort of had it in the back of my mind anyway, but this will be my last year."
Zimmer continues to rehabilitate from a fall that put him in the hospital Oct. 4. Complications after the fall kept him hospitalized and in a long-term care facility until February and nearly cost him his life. Zimmer said he simply lacks the strength to make road trips, at least early in the season. He is leaving open the possibility of traveling later in the season and said he will do a bowl game if the Buffs can make it back to the postseason this year.
Zimmer said he was determined to return to the booth and go out on his terms rather than having last season's home game against Oregon State become his final time calling the Buffs. He said one of the things that fueled his recovery was laying there alone in his hospital bed at night knowing so many people were thinking good thoughts for him.
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"One of the reasons was the great support I had from CU, KOA, friends and from the fans," Zimmer said. "Brigitte (Zimmer) would bring me stacks of cards and letters in the hospital from people saying, 'We can't wait to hear you back in the booth.' "
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Zimmer credited his wife of 41 years for helping him get through what turned into an extended fight for his life. He also said CU coach Mike MacIntyre and his wife, Trisha, were like having a son and daughter there to help. The MacIntyre's made regular visits to Zimmer and once brought him a picture of the football team signed with messages from every player.
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"I've joked many times that the only hall of fame Larry is not in is the FFA, future farmers of America. So it has been fun.
"He has served as friend and mentor and filled in a lot of holes in my historical knowledge that I didn't know when I first got here."
Zimmer said calling the 1990 national title victory by the CU football team was an obvious highlight for him. He also is well-known for his call of the Miracle in Michigan when the Buffs beat the Wolverines in football on a Hail Mary pass from Kordell Stewart to Michael Westbrook. He said there are far too many great memories to single out just one as his absolute favorite.
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College footballCU football: Larry Zimmer will return to booth for final season
Longtime announcer has been at KOA for 45 years GREELEY - - Legendary KOA Radio announcer Larry Zimmer said Thursday he will return to the broadcast booth this fall for University of Colorado home football games for his 50th and final season calling college football. Full Story
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College footballCU football: Larry Zimmer will return to booth for final season
Longtime announcer has been at KOA for 45 years GREELEY - - Legendary KOA Radio announcer Larry Zimmer said Thursday he will return to the broadcast booth this fall for University of Colorado home football games for his 50th and final season calling college football. Full Story
Veteran broadcaster Larry ...
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Veteran broadcaster Larry Zimmer, who has called Colorado football games for more than four decades, was hospitalized Sunday after falling at his home in the Lookout Mountain area. Zimmer, 78, was transported to St. Anthony's Hospital in Lakewood.
Photo - Larry Zimmer, left, interviews Kyle Slavin during CU's Fall Sports Media Day in August of 2013. (Cliff Grassmick, The Daily Camera)
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Larry Zimmer, left, interviews Kyle Slavin during CU's Fall Sports Media Day in August of 2013. (Cliff Grassmick, The Daily Camera)
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Along with play-by-play broadcaster Mark Johnson, Zimmer served as the analyst for KOA's broadcast of Saturday afternoon's Pac-12 football game between Colorado and Oregon State at Folsom Field.
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Zimmer appeared in good health to observers in the press box.
A native of New Orleans, Zimmer earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri. Zimmer served two years in the Army and got his start in broadcasting by calling high school games in Missouri and Oklahoma.
Dusty Saunders: Larry Zimmer's ...
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Dusty Saunders: Larry Zimmer's sports memories start with Broncos
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Dusty Saunders: Larry Zimmer's sports memories start with Broncos
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Broncos running back Rob Lytle dives into end zone against the Steelers during a Dec. 24, 1977, AFC playoff game that was the first of 16 Denver postseason contests worked by Larry Zimmer of KOA Radio. (Associated Press file)
Jan. 1, 1978, was an unforgettable New Year's Day for Larry Zimmer.
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Zimmer also was in the KOA booth Jan. 15, 1978, in New Orleans (his hometown), covering the first Broncos' Super Bowl appearance - a 27-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Those three games began Zimmer's unmatched local Broncos playoff coverage: 16 postseason games, including four Super Bowls.
In all, Zimmer spent 19 seasons as a color analyst and seven as a play-by-play man, working with the late Martin and Dave Logan.
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Zimmer left the Broncos booth after the 2006 season.
Zimmer, 77, who continues as color commentator for CU football, obviously has postseason Broncos memories that no other local sports broadcaster can match.
An obvious example: "The Drive," on Jan. 11, 1987 - the heart-stopping game in Cleveland when the John Elway-led Broncos beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime to advance to Super Bowl XXI, which Denver lost to the New York Giants.
And then there's his night-before story, away from the microphone, which he recalls with a chuckle.
Zimmer joined Martin, a classical music buff, and the late Dick Connor, a Denver Post sportswriter, for a Sibelius concert in Cleveland's Severance Hall, where they discovered the symphony musicians were dressed in Cleveland "Dog Pound" outfits.
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Larry Zimmer
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"I've got so many memories," Zimmer added.
Colorado Football Network - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado
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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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