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.
Hours after Minnesota lawmakers adjourned the 2016 legislative session that saw them fail to reach agreement on several key issues, Governor Mark Dayton is as indecisive as the rancorous political climate inside St. Paul’s capitol complex when it comes to calling a special session.
Tendencies to stutter begin to appear between the ages of 2 and 4. That’s when child’s vocabulary is growing and their pace of life quickens, increasing demands on communication skills.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has lifted the ban on all state travel to North Carolina, as Gov. Mark Dayton considers doing the same.
Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire with the team again, officially hired yesterday as special assistant to general manager Terry Ryan.
The Hanson family, consisting of two brothers and two sisters from Darwin, won tickets to Monday’s home opener and are making a full day of it.
Despite questions raised by community members, the man who made that decision stands firm, and it appears people are taking up his offer to review the evidence for themselves.
Owners of 119 Minnesota family farms beat the application deadline to be recognized as a Century Farm. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation is expected to receive more applications that are postmarked April 1.
This is the last week to submit an entry to be part of the 2016 Great American Think-Off. It’s been held every year since 1993 in New York Mills, Minn.
A popular attraction in the Twin Cities is riding the rails for real Monday, going from one Saint Paul spot to another.
Tom Warth, founder of ‘Books for Africa,’ turned 80 on Friday. He celebrated his eighth decade right after completing a 20-mile fundraising walk in the heat and humidity of Africa.
Organizers of this week’s U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis say the ice should be fine, even though daytime temperatures are expected to remain above freezing from the time the tournament starts on Friday until the five division champions are crowned and the coveted Golden Shovel is handed out on Sunday.
Metro Transit is reviewing its light rail safety procedures and equipment, and looking at ways to fully inform the public about the dangers of crossing tracks while the trains are running.
The former head coach of both the University of Minnesota and Minnesota North Stars hockey teams, Glen Sonmor, has died.
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.”
“Did you see that?” It was a phrase repeated many times Saturday at O’Shaughnessy Stadium in St. Paul.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The newest police recruits for Minneapolis are meeting the public Monday by running through the streets of the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.