Home improvement expert Don Zeman dies

The popular home improvement radio show, Homefront with Don Zeman, will continue with guest host Danny Lipford following the unexpected death last week of show host Don Zeman.

Danny Lipford, host of the nationally syndicated Emmy-nominated show, Today’s Homeowner, will join Zeman’s longtime friend Rick Sellers in a tribute show on January 10 and “take up the tool belt” beginning on January 17 with his first solo Homefront show.

Zeman, known to millions as "America’s Home Improvement Expert" died on December 31, while on vacation in Mississippi. He was 55 years old. Zeman was host of Homefront with Don Zeman, the nationally syndicated home improvement radio show heard in more than 300 markets across the U.S. and Canada.

Zeman began renovating homes in St. Louis. Mo. He later moved to Pensacola, Fla. and Columbia, Mo., where he built and renovated homes. On Dec. 29, 1994,  Homefront was born when Columbia Mo. radio station asked Zeman to fill in for their regular home improvement host who quit suddenly. His radio career was launched.

 Zeman grew Homefront into the premier home improvement program on radio. Homefront was heard by more than 3.2 million listeners across the U.S. and Canada. He added a second franchise, Hints from the Homefront, 90-second daily radio hints in 218 markets across the U.S. In 2002, he established News from the Homefront TV segments.

Zeman’s trademark was "Grab Your Tools, You Can Do This Stuff!" He believed his mission was to educate homeowners and consumers. He was especially proud of the relationships and friendships he forged over the 14 years of Homefront with Kohler/Sterling, Simonton Windows, Fypon, Rust-Oleum, Zinsser, Wolman, Woodcraft, Icynene, Original Brand Sawblades, The Big Green Egg, Spectrum Brands, and The Original Grille Pad.

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