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.
The well-wishes came pouring in all Sunday morning on WCCO’s Sports Huddle radio show. They were all for long-time host and sports legend Sid Hartman, who celebrated his 95th birthday by coming to work at WCCO’s downtown Minneapolis studios.
In contrast to the past few months, construction worker Josh Miller didn’t have to bundle up against ice, snow and biting wind before starting his outdoor job on Monday.
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced that the 1,000 tickets purchased by Kevin Garnett for Monday night’s game have all been claimed – in less than three minutes.
The outdoor ice skating season officially ends Sunday on the 47 outdoor rinks operated by the Minneapolis Parks Board.
An expert on Somalian culture says the al-Shabaab video naming the Mall of America as a target is simply a recruiting pitch by terror group that needs new members.
Measles was all but eradicated in the U.S. decades ago, thanks to the immunization program. That’s a problem for some doctors. Hennepin County Medical Center’s Dr. David Hilden said younger physicians sometimes don’t make a measles diagnosis until the appearance of a rash, which is a late stage symptom.
Minnesota’s only active measles case, a 20-year-old University of Minnesota student, has passed the infectious stage. It will be at least another week until health officials find out if that one case spread elsewhere.
The administration wing of St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church burned on Dec. 12, 2014, and church board member Tom Schroeder was overwhelmed by the number people who showed up for Saturday’s event.
Crews at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship are using cutting-edge technology to keep the ice smooth and safe. More than 500 hockey games on 25 rinks all on one lake can chew up the ice pretty good.
State troopers in northwest Minnesota down to the Saint Cloud area are dealing with dozens of overnight crashes on slippery roadways. An overnight dose of freezing rain made things treacherous.
It was a little more challenging Monday for people to get through the cold weather and in to work. It was well below zero when Dan Risser left his home for work. He saddled up his bicycle and pedaled through the chill to his job as a short-order cook.
It’s not unusual for people who love to ski to brave frigid temperatures and hit the slopes. That is, if the slopes are open.
Three adults and three children are now counting on the Red Cross to help them find shelter after their north Minneapolis home was damaged by fire Thursday morning.
The Gopher football team wouldn’t get anywhere Thursday against Missouri in the Citrus Bowl without the guys who pack up and transport the helmets and shoulder pads.
Tow truck drivers are still picking up cars parked on unplowed streets and dragging them to the Minneapolis impound lot. It’s been like that for nearly three days, ever since the city imposed a snow emergency, which is designed to get cars off the streets to allow plows to get rid of all the snow.
There was optimism that skating rinks on Lake of the Isles would open on Monday. The Minneapolis Park Board’s Robin Smothers said that part of the lake is shallow and had a solid coating of ice about a week ago. But mild weather isn’t allowing ice to form.
The aroma of 500 cigars surrounds you inside the humidor at Infinity Smokes in downtown Minneapolis. None of the cigars is from Cuba, for now. Store owner Tarik Hamouda said that could change.
It is a busy week at Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul as they prepare to feed 50,000 men, women and children over the course of the next week.
The University of Minnesota football team may be without one of its best players in Saturday’s showdown at Wisconsin.
Former Minnesota-Duluth professor Jim Fetzer says new information about the JFK assassination shows the secret service was involved in the president’s death 51 years ago. Fetzer has become a major conspiracy analyst since the early 1990’s.
With the cooler weather comes the urge to light up the fireplace. That could be difficult for some parts of the state, and maybe in the Twin Cities before long. That means the time to buy firewood may be right now, while supplies last.
AmeriCorps inducted its first members 20 years ago, and on Friday the service organization swears in thousands of new volunteers nationwide. President Obama administers the AmeriCorps oath from the White House. Former president Bill Clinton, who was in office when AmeriCorps started, is also part of the live broadcast.
Thursday night’s annual Minnesota 9/11 tribute concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell is a time for reflection and solemn music. But this year there’s an added twist. The Teddy Bear Band plays its fun and participatory music for kids for the first time ever at the 9-11 concert. Manager, singer and bass guitarist Richard Erickson says they aren’t changing their upbeat act.
While the Shakopee Sabres football team works out behind the school, trainer Christy Hager is inside the school building treating players who get bumps and bruises.
One month ago Saturday, Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick was killed in the line of duty. A makeshift memorial on the site of the shooting remains in front of A & J’s Garage, near the intersection of Smith Avenue and Dodd Road in West St. Paul.