Jerry Schemmel is one of the radio voices of the Colorado Rockies. He teams with partner Jack Corrigan on KOA Radio and the rest of the Colorado Rockies Radio Network, which spans a five state region.
Schemmel's sportscasting career spans 28 years. He has been a play by play announcer on the college level, as the voice of the Washburn Ichabods and the Colorado State Rams and at the pro level for over 20 years. He broadcast for two years for the Minnesota Timberwolves and spent 18 years as the voice of the Denver Nuggets. He also spent one year as deputy commissioner and legal counsel for the Continental Basketball Association. On July 19, 1989, Schemmel boarded United Airlines Flight 232, originating in Denver and bound for Chicago. An in-flight engine explosion crippled the plane and forced it to crash land in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 112 of the 296 onboard.
Schemmel is the author of the book, Chosen To Live. Chosen To Live chronicles the crash of flight 232 and its subsequent effects on his life. The book has been featured in such publications as Reader's Digest, Hoop Magazine, Sports Spectrum and Guideposts.
Schemmel has been a guest on several national television programs, including "Regis & Kathy Lee," "48 Hours," "CBS This Morning," "Turning Point," "The Today Show," "The Hour of Power," "Good Morning America," and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
During the summers of 2003 and 2004, Schemmel rode a bicycle across the United States as a fundraiser for two Denver area charities. The efforts have raised a total of $250,000.
Schemmel spent one season (2009) as the Head Baseball Coach at Metro State College of Denver, after being a volunteer assistant at the school for two years. He also served as the radio voice of the Billings Mustangs, a minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
Schemmel earned a law degree in 1985 from Washburn University, after receiving his undergraduate degree from the school in 1982. He also played baseball at Washburn and later was an assistant coach at the school for three years.
Schemmel grew up in Madison, SD and now resides in Littleton, CO with his wife Diane, 18-year-old daughter Maggie and 11 year old son, Ryan.
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