Al Schoch

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.
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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 2014
Hometown: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Alma Mater: Bloomsburg University

FAVORITES
Music: The Beatles
Movie: Radio Days
TV Show: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Book: Case Closed
Food: Pork chops
Local Restaurant: Mancini’s
Hidden MN Gem: Caves of Stillwater
Sport/Exercise: Baseball
Historical Figure: Schuyler Colfax
Famous Minnesotan: Charles Lindbergh
Quote: “And to whom, some students?”
Word: Outstanding
Vacation Spot: Niagara Falls
Holiday: Christmas
Planet: Pluto (Yes, it is a planet!)

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning
East Coast vs. West Coast? East
Star Trek or Star Wars? Apples and oranges, and I like all fruit
‘Grey Duck’ vs. ‘Goose’? We played “SPUD” in the Poconos.

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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Tuberculosis Testing Begins At St. Louis Park High School

Testing for tuberculosis begins Monday for about 150 people at Saint Louis Park High School. The students and staff members being tested may have had contact with someone in the school district who tested positive for the disease last November.

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Activist: 2 Somali-Americans From Mpls. Detained At U.S. Airports

A community activist says at least two Somali-American men from Minneapolis were detained at U.S. airports Saturday following President Donald Trump’s immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority nations.

01/29/2017

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Longtime St. Thomas Athletic Director Gets The Bobblehead Treatment

The latest Twin Cities sports personality to have a bobblehead likeness in his honor is long-time Saint Thomas athletic director Steve Fritz.

01/14/2017

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Minnesota Twins To Close Last Remaining Pro Shop

The Minnesota Twins have already closed their Pro Shops in Roseville and Apple Valley, and will shutter their store in Minnetonka by the end of the month.

01/13/2017

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Coach Claeys Eager To Meet With AD Coyle

Gopher football coach Tracy Claeys is looking forward to meeting this week with athletics director Mark Coyle.

01/01/2017

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Late-Season Deer Hunt Aims To Stop Spread Of Brain Disease

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says chronic wasting disease has been discovered in a farmed deer herd in Crow Wing County.

12/31/2016

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Wagon Driver Dies Following Crash At Willmar Christmas Event

There were 15 people in the wagon and some of the riders say Fred Zwart did all he could to keep the wagon from rolling over.

12/16/2016

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‘The Losses Are Deceiving’: MinnMed CEO Talks Concerns Over Medical Pot Program

After losing $3 million in its first full year of operation, Minnesota’s medical marijuana program is expecting similar debt in year two. But officials from Minnesota Medical Solutions are expecting their financial picture to improve now that they’ve been allowed to expand treatment to people diagnosed with intractable, or, chronic pain.

11/01/2016

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Minnesota Democrats Confident They’ll Retain Power In Senate

Democrats hold a 10-seat advantage in the Minnesota Senate, but all 67 seats are up for grabs Tuesday.

11/01/2016

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More Voting Early In Minneapolis Than Ever Before

More people are voting early in Minneapolis than ever before, as the numbers have grown since early voting was introduced four years ago.

10/24/2016

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Neighbors Support Demonstrations At Governor’s Mansion

The scene in front of Gov. Mark Dayton’s mansion Thursday night to some resembled the scene outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th precinct last fall.

07/08/2016

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Minnesota Woman Knew Orlando Shooter As Security Guard At Florida Residence

Marta Winter is from Wayzata and lives part-time at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the gated community where Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was a security guard.

06/14/2016

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Dayton Still Unsure About Possible Special Session

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.

05/23/2016

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Speech Therapists Help Children Overcome Stuttering Early

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.

05/12/2016

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Century College Coach Relieved Over MNSCU’s N.C. Decision

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has lifted the ban on all state travel to North Carolina, as Gov. Mark Dayton considers doing the same.

05/06/2016

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Gardenhire Happy To Return: ‘I Love This Organization’

Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire with the team again, officially hired yesterday as special assistant to general manager Terry Ryan.

04/19/2016

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Twins Fans From Darwin Making Full Day Of Home Opener

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.

04/11/2016

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Freeman: Thousands Looking At Evidence In Jamar Clark Case

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.

04/05/2016

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Families Seek ‘Century Farm’ Recognition

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.

04/02/2016

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Great American Think-Off Applicants Must Tackle Income Inequality

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.

03/28/2016

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Twin City Model Railroad Museum Begins Move To New Location

A popular attraction in the Twin Cities is riding the rails for real Monday, going from one Saint Paul spot to another.

02/29/2016

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‘Books For Africa’ Donations Hit 2 Million Mark In Tanzania

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.

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Organizers Say Ice Should Hold For U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

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.

01/26/2016

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Metro Transit Reviewing Light Rail Safety Procedures

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.

12/15/2015

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Fmr. Head Coach Of ‘U’ & North Stars Hockey Teams Has Died

The former head coach of both the University of Minnesota and Minnesota North Stars hockey teams, Glen Sonmor, has died.

12/14/2015

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