Kent Zimmer


Name: Kent Zimmer

Hometown: West Frankfort, IL…born and raised!

What artist(s) did you grow up listening to? Dolly Parton, Tom Jones, Ludwig V. Beethoven, Kenny Rogers, and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

How did you get into radio?
A friend of mine in High School needed someone to fill in board-operating West Frankfort Redbird football and basketball games and I said, “sure.”

What is your one guilty pleasure song that you sing along to every time you hear it?
“Why Not Me?” –The Judds

Tell us something about yourself that only your friends would know.
I’m a mama’s boy.

If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Jesus. Not only is He my Lord and Savior, but Dolly Parton sang a song about Him too!

What is your favorite Holiday?
(top 5)
1. Easter
2. Christmas
3. International Talk Like a Pirate Day! (September 19th…every year)
4. Catherine Bach’s Birthday (Daisy Duke…March 1st)
5. Thanksgiving

What song would best describe your life?
County Boy Can Survive by Hank Williams, Jr.

If you had a super power, what would it be?
The ability to completely understand what women are really thinking
(Hey, I can dream can’t I?!)

Who has been your favorite Meet & Greet?
Faith Hill at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. She rubbed my back while her cameraman was fixing his camera. (Sorry Tim)

What random food combination do you love?
I have several, but this one is a great one… peanut butter, banana, think-sliced bacon, and honey on white bread! Grill it for 5 minutes and let the peanut butter get good and gooey! BAM!

Favorite thing(s) to do in Southern Illinois:
1. Go to church
2. Anything outside with my daughters Josie and Kagney
3. Grilling a steak to a perfect medium rare
4. The West Frankfort City Lake
5. Playing paintball with Marion Mayor Bob Butler
6. Watching our bearded dragon Rico eat a dozen crickets
7. Ribs.
8. Making plutonium from common household materials
9. “Here’s an order!” “3 burgers loaded”…you folks from Energy know what I’m talkin’ about!
10. Working out. Best stress-relief ever! (TIP: you should never do #9 before you do #10)

Any hidden talents?
Making plutonium from common household materials… and juggling! (My limit is 3…can’t get past that.) I can also play songs using nothing but my hands.

If you weren’t at Z-100, what would you be doing?
Selling pianos or working the corn dog circuit.

Favorite Country Artist:
Saturday Morning Oldies Show artist – Dolly Parton
Current new country artist – Dierks Bentley

Favorite Country Song: Dang! That’s impossible! So I’ll give you my top 5 in no particular order…
He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones
River of Love – George Strait
Fishin’ in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
When I Get Where I’m Going – Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton
He’s Alive – Dolly Parton

What do you like best about working at Z-100?
Our listeners. Without them, we would be nothing. I am constantly amazed at the generosity and support our listeners give to causes like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the many different charities we talk about on-air. Or when a member of the community is battling health problems, and we get to talk about a fundraiser… Z100 listeners show up to support it. I’ve seen it time and time again. Our listeners in Southern Illinois are AMAZING! It’s like broadcasting to a family every single day… I love it!