Al Schoch

(credit: CBS) Al Schoch is in his fourth decade of broadcasting and journalism. That includes more than 20 years in the Twin Cities, where Al has been active in radio, television, wire service and digital media.

A native of Stroudsburg in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, Al graduated from Bloomsburg University, where he was a member of Delta Pi social fraternity. His radio career took him from Pennsylvania to the southeastern U.S. for ten years with stints in Augusta, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; and Tallahassee, Fla.

Al has won more than 30 broadcast awards both nationally and locally in five different states. In addition to working with the WCCO radio news team, Al is a stringer for the Associated Press and public address announcer for University of Saint Thomas football, volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball teams.

Among Al’s favorite aspects of being Minnesotan are the State Fair and the boy’s high school hockey state tournament. Al lives in the Como Park neighborhood of Saint Paul along with his wife Amy — a White Bear Lake native and graduate of Hill-Murray and the U of M — and their cats Doctor Foster and Pork Chop.

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MN Businessman In France On Attacks: ‘It’s Like Being Home On 9/11’

A Minnesota businessman in southern France for a major wine auction spoke with NewsRadio 830 WCCO Saturday morning about the Paris terror attacks. “It is touching to be here,” Haskell’s Chairman and CEO Jack Farrell said. “It’s like being at home on 9/11.”


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Tommies Pull Off ‘Bizarre’ Two-Point Conversion

“Did you see that?” It was a phrase repeated many times Saturday at O’Shaughnessy Stadium in St. Paul.


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Kill Says His Health Is Improving Following Sudden Retirement

Jerry Kill said his health is improving less than a week after his tearful press conference announcing his retirement as Gopher football coach because of health reasons.


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Twin City Model Railroad Museum Remaining Open Through March 2016

The Twin City Model Railroad is staying at St. Paul’s Bandana Square for now. But they’ll be moving to a new site sometime after next spring.


"Junior Railroad: Model Trains in a Model Garden" exhibit in the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Chicago.

Railroad Museum Facing Eviction, Looking For New St. Paul Location

The Twin City Model Railroad Museum’s popular night train exhibit is scheduled to start Nov. 7, and the group’s president says they’ll likely honor that commitment at its current home in St. Paul’s Bandana Square.


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Large Lines At MSP Airport For MEA Weekend

It looked like the beginning of Thanksgiving weekend or just before Christmas, but not October 15. Thursday marks the beginning of the annual Education Minnesota Professional Conference — two days of conferences for teachers and two days of no class for students. Better known as “MEA Weekend,” it’s becoming prime time for long weekends away from home.


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6 Week Trip Gives Canoeists New Appreciation Of The Minnesota River

A group of seven people in canoes set off on Aug. 30 to learn more about what many feel is one of the more under-appreciated rivers in the state.


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Mpls. Police Academy Cadets Complete Traditional Run

The newest police recruits for Minneapolis are meeting the public Monday by running through the streets of the city.



Nominations Begin For 2016 Teacher Of The Year Award

Nominations are under way for Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year for 2016. It’s impossible to pick the best teacher in Minnesota, so the goal is to find someone who best represents all of the state’s educators.


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Ceremony Held To Honor Minnesota’s Fallen Firefighters

Minnesota’s Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the state Capitol grounds was the site of a solemn ceremony Sunday to honor those killed on duty within the last year.


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ESPN ‘SportsCenter’ Puts Tommie-Johnnie Game In Nat’l Spotlight

Increased local attention around Tommie-Johnnie football games is nothing new, but having ESPN broadcast its “SportsCenter” show on the road, live from the game sight, is a pretty big deal for the Division III schools.


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Labor Day Marks The Last Hurrah Of ‘The Great Minnesota Get-Together’

The Minnesota State Fair ends when the last fireworks show comes to a close at about 9 o’clock Monday night. It also signals the end of hours and hours of work for people who make sure the fair is everything it can be.


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Corn Roast Workers Blow Off Steam By Dancing

The Minnesota State Fair is starting to wind down, but there are some who still have lots of hard work ahead of them.


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Officials: Confederate Flag Fire Truck Incident Still Under Investigation

Remember the southern Minnesota volunteer firefighter who was suspended for flying a Confederate flag during a parade? Hartland city leaders say the issue remains under investigation, basically because officials have met just one time about it since it happened.


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Gov. Dayton Rested, Ready After California Vacation

Gov. Mark Dayton greeted about 150 people at Windows on Minnesota’s Galaxy Room for the first time since returning from a California vacation, where he spent some time with his son.


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Sunday Storm Closes Down Brainerd-Area Youth Camp

A Brainerd-area youth camp owned and operated by the American Legion will remain closed for several weeks after sustaining damage during Sunday night’s storm.


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Frogtown Urban Farm Project Delayed By Sunday Storms

As many as 100 18-wheelers full of dirt were supposed to dump their load Monday at the site of the Frogtown Farm, a projected urban farm in the heart of the inner-city St. Paul neighborhood. They didn’t plan on Sunday night’s thunderstorms.


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Minn. Firefighter Suspended After Flying Confederate Flag During Parade

There may be repercussions from the parade Friday in southern Minnesota where a Confederate battle flag was flown from a participating fire truck.


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SpaceX Rocket Crash Destroyed Minnehaha Academy Experiment

Among the experiments lost when an unmanned Space X rocket exploded after launch Sunday in Florida was the latest project by the Minnehaha Academy International Space Station team.


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Meet Nye’s Bartender Phil Barker

Minneapolis’ legendary Nye’s Polonaise Room got a reprieve of sorts Thursday. The iconic establishment was set to close late this summer or early fall to make way for a high-rise apartment building.


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Vikings Stadium Board Treasurer Duane Benson Resigns

Treasurer of the Viking stadium board, Duane Benson, has resigned, according to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. Benson announced his resignation at the end of a regularly scheduled meeting Friday.


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Man Parks RV Outside TCF Stadium For Rolling Stones Concert

The first person to show up for Wednesday night’s Rolling Stones concert was Bill Neuenschwander, who wedged his large RV into four parking spaces behind the open end of TCF Bank Stadium.


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Doctors Can Begin To Sign Qualified Patients Up For Medical Marijuana

Minnesota officials will be able to start signing up qualified patients for medical marijuana Monday. It’s the first day doctors are able to certify and register patients with conditions like cancer and epilepsy for the program. About 5,000 people are expected to be eligible.


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Home Grown: The Somali-American Struggle – How Somalians First Came To Minnesota

“Home Grown, the Somali-American Struggle,” looks into the lives of the Somali population in Minnesota. In the first part of this series, WCCO’s Al Schoch tells us who these people are and what they left behind in their homeland.


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Family, Friends Commemorate Memorial Day At Fort Snelling Nat’l Cemetery

Family and friends made their way to Fort Snelling National Cemetery Monday to lay flowers and plant American flags on the graves of loved ones who served in the U.S. military.



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