Zimmer Communications Considering Purchase of Meyer Communications

Some of Springfield’s strongest radio signals could soon be transferring from one longtime Missouri broadcast company to another.

Columbia, Missouri based Zimmer Communications said Thursday they are in the early steps of due diligence to purchase Meyer Communications. Those stations include KTXR (101.3 The Outlaw), sports talk Jock 98.7, news/talk KWTO 560 AM and 93.3 FM, KBFL 99.9 & 96.9 FM & 1060 AM.

Jerome Zimmer (photo courtesy MBA)

Zimmer Broadcasting was founded in 1956 when Jerome Zimmer bought KDEX-FM in Dexter, Missouri. In 1966, he started KZYM-FM in Cape Girardeau, one of America’s first country music stations. When he died in 2003, Zimmer Broadcasting had 32 stations in Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas. He has four sons still involved in the radio business, including Don and John Zimmer, who control Zimmer Communications.

Ken Meyer has owned KTXR since 1962. At its peak, Meyer Communications owned television and radio stations across the midwest before consolidating operations to just the Springfield radio cluster. He ran the stations in partnership with his wife Jane, who passed away in 2002.

Meyer Communications launched the first UHF television station in southwest Missouri (now KOZL) and owned stations in Missouri, Texas, and Alabama before concentrating on the Springfield, Missouri market.

Jane & Ken Meyer (photo courtesy MBA)

Jerome Zimmer and the Meyers were inducted into the Missouri Broadcasting Association Hall of Fame in 2016.

Don and John Zimmer, who own and operate 10 stations in the Columbia market, expressed their excitement to potentially being a part of the Springfield market.

No immediate changes have been announced to any of the Meyer Communications stations.

(Note: The editor of Ozarks Independent hosts a show from 6 to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday on KWTO 560 AM/93.3 FM.)

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