Meet the Team

Branden Rathert

Branden Rathert  is an award-winning talk show host with 30 years experience hosting radio shows. He has won Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards for documentaries on homelessness, SWAT teams, his reporting on the Gulf Coast Oil Spill, the Sandy Hook shooting, and the Gulf Coast floods of 2014.

Branden has a son named Trevor and 3 grandkids Ryder,  Liam, and Harper-Lee. When he’s not inside the studio, he’s outside exploring Missouri’s abundant creeks, and skiing and whitewater rafting in Idaho.

The achievement he’s most proud of, beating the perennial number radio show in Marion-Carbondale, IL less than a year into the job (the station happened to be Zimmer owned!) His most embarrassing moment, having comedienne Phyllis Diller hang up on him in the middle of an interview for something she misunderstood him saying.

Stephanie Bell

Stephanie Bell is an attorney at Ellinger and Associates, LLC.  Her practice focuses on state and local government matters - primarily in the areas of election, regulatory, utility, gaming, tax law and other governmental disputes.  Stephanie’s litigation practice includes representing clients before government agencies, the Administrative Hearing Commission, the Public Service Commission, circuit courts, and Missouri Appellate courts.  She has litigated cases concerning constitutional and statutory amendments being proposed by initiative petition, challenges to agency rules, the Missouri Sunshine Law, professional licensing, and general business disputes.

Stephanie is a proud graduate of Truman State University, and the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she received both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy.

Stephanie is actively involved in conservative politics and causes.  Stephanie has represented many conservative candidates as well as conservative groups with interests in ballot measures.  She currently serves as the Missouri Chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) and is the President of the Mid-Missouri Federalist Society Lawyers Chapter.

Stephanie is a Jefferson City native, but now resides in Ashland, Missouri with her husband Chris, and three children, Drew (9), Amelia (6), and Eden (4).  Stephanie currently serves as the Alderwoman for Ward 2 of the City of Ashland.

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Hannah Adkisson

Hannah Adkisson is from Centralia, Missouri. She is currently attending the University of Missouri in the Agriculture Communications program.

A long-time fan of the show, Hannah reached out to Branden Rathert to be a guest speaker for her high school journalism class. That same year she was asked to offer a student’s perspective on school safety for a special broadcast for 93.9 the Eagle. These experiences sparked her interest in the communications industry, and when she moved to Columbia for school she knew she wanted to look into radio. She joined the Zimmer family during her freshman year of college and shortly after was brought onto Wake Up Columbia as producer.

When she’s not working or attending class, Hannah can be found at home, playing with her “nephews,” two Australian Shepherds named Brooks and Bentley. She also enjoys photography, music, and cracking dad jokes any chance she can.