Branden Rathert is an award-winning talk show host with nearly 25 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 in his 20’s named Trevor and 2 grandkids, Liam and Ryder. 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.
I’ve been a resident of Columbia since 1992. I received my Bachelor of Arts Political Science, from Columbia College. I had the honor of serving on the Columbia City Council 2005-2011, 2013-2014, 2014-17, and twice elected to serve as Mayor ProTem. Throughout my council career I focused on youth and family issues especially issues related to disadvantaged children and those in the criminal justice system. I am married with two children, three grandchildren, and four rescue dogs. In my free time, I enjoy reading, crocheting, and riding my horse.
Brad Tregnago grew up in Moberly. He’s lived in Columbia ever since starting at the University of Missouri. He graduated from the MU School of Journalism, and started working in news and sports full-time at a group of stations in his hometown. Brad joined the Zimmer family as News Director in 2012, and also broadcasts for Mizzou women’s basketball and football.
Brad and his wife Megan have two kids, son Ryan and daughter Elise. When he’s not yelling at the TV during a Tigers, Chiefs, or Cardinals game, Brad is reading about the latest news and sports issues on Twitter. He’s also a House of Cards fan, and thinks The Godfather is clearly the best movie of all time.
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.