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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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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St. Paul Man Pens Song In Honor Of Slain Archbishop

Saturday is the beatification of El Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, a man who moved a Minnesotan to song. Rob Hahn of St. Paul was taking a theology class at the University of Notre Dame when he learned about Romero, a champion of civil rights, who was shot and killed in 1980 while conducting mass.


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Strong Law Enforcement Presence Expected At Officer Besser’s Funeral

Minnesota’s Law Enforcement Memorial Association will have a major presence at Sunday’s funeral for Officer Todd Besser. Besser was a long-time member of the Elk River Police Department, and was off-duty when he and his son, Blake, were slain a week ago.


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Mpls. Restaurant Donates Proceeds From 3-Day Fundraiser To Nepal

A three-day fundraiser at a Minneapolis restaurant raised a huge chunk of money for people on the other side of the world.


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Casfesjian’s Carousel Opens At Como Park Zoo

One of Minnesota’s summertime icons is back in business. The sweet calliope music of Casfesjian’s Carousel is in the air outside the main gate of the Como Park Zoo in Saint Paul.


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Memorial Held For Drowned ‘U’ Student

They came from her hometown, her school and her college to say goodbye to Jennifer Houle. Several hundred gathered at Northrup Auditorium for Sunday’s memorial service.


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Hamline, Concordia Play Inaugural Baseball Games At CHS Field

It’ll forever be known as the home of the Saint Paul Saints. Saturday, though, the secondary tenant steals the thunder. CHS Field, the sparkling new ballpark in Saint Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood, echoes with balls hitting bats and slapping into leather mitts.


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Tracking Danger: Minnesota Lawmakers On Oil Transportation Safety

There have been many who have expressed concerns about whether the state is prepared to handle a train accident like the one in Casselton, or even worse Quebec.