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.

most recent stories2 Al Schoch

Target Field Begins Conversion For Tommies-Johnnies Game

More than 32,000 tickets have been sold for the rivalry game. That would set an attendance record for Division III football.

09/18/2017

St. Paul Historian: Evidence Exists Of Amelia Earhart ‘Coverup’

Jim Crowder believes there is enough evidence out there that proves Amelia Earhart was captured by the Japanese in 1937.

07/15/2017

What Happened To Taste Of Minnesota? Could It Return?

It was one of the most popular summertime events ever. Food vendors set up at the state capitol grounds while top-flight rock bands played from the front steps of the historic structure at the Taste of Minnesota.

07/04/2017

Teens Caught Stealing Cardboard Cake At Edina Cub Foods

Edina police sergeant Aaron White says officers tracked down three teenage suspects, who thought they had stolen some pretty sweet dough.

06/06/2017

An Undocumented Future: Elena Tishakova Journey To Hutchinson

Elena Tishakova came to the U.S. from Russia more than two decades ago, and was not about to take anything she didn’t earn.

05/23/2017

Timberwolves Hoping For Top Draw At NBA Draft Lottery

The NBA Draft Lottery will be held Tuesday night, where teams will learn their draw for the first round of the draft.

05/16/2017

Fallen Minn. Police Officers Remembered At State Capitol Grounds

History tells us 277 Minnesota police officers have died over the years while on duty. Each and every one of them is being remembered Monday with a special day-long ceremony, staffed by current officers who are still putting their lives on the line.

05/15/2017

Mpls. Artist Reflects On Hindenburg Disaster’s 80th Anniversary

Minneapolis artist Dave Geister can trace his inspiration to becoming a painter of historical events back to when he was a kid, and he’s hopeful the talents he has honed over the years can forge that same interest in someone else.

05/06/2017

BCA Special Agent Recalls 1997 Hunt For Andrew Cunanan

“It was pretty much my life for 79 days,” Lee Urness, who now lives in the southern Twin Cities, said.

04/25/2017

State Boys Hockey Tournament Quarterfinal Pairings Revealed

Here are the quarterfinal pairings for the 2017 Minnesota Boy’s Hockey State Tournament, revealed Saturday morning by the Minnesota State High School League.

03/04/2017

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.

01/30/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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