Jack Corrigan (left) and Jerry Schemmel (right) in front of Coors Field
JACK CORRIGAN celebrates his 33rd season broadcasting Major League Baseball and his 16th campaign with KOA NewsRadio and the Rockies Radio Network.
Corrigan came to Colorado after 17 years in the Cleveland Indians television booth. In addition to his work in baseball, Corrigan has been involved with play-by-play and color commentary for the Cleveland Cavaliers telecasts in the NBA and spent more than fifteen years as the lead announcer for college football and basketball games for the Atlantic Coast Conference, Ivy League, Mid-American Conference and Patriot League, among others.
In the summer of 2005, Jack published his first novel, Warning Track, a book about an aging baseball player dealing with the lure and repercussions of supplement use. His second novel is titled Night of Destiny: 24 December 1944. It is a fictionalized account of an incident in World War II that involved his late father, Judge John V. Corrigan. Hit and Run, a sequel to Warning Track, is awaiting publication.
A native Clevelander, Jack is a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and Cornell University, where he played football for four seasons while earning a B.A. in History. He received a Master’s degree in Communications from Kent State University. He is involved with his own video company that has produced more than 75 projects for sports entities and other commercial and non-profit organizations.
Jack and his wife, Lisa, have been married 41 years and they have two children. Megan, a graduate of Mercyhurst University, and her husband, John, live in Colorado with their sons, James and Daniel. Michael, a Loyola Marymount University graduate, and his husband, Eric, work in Chicago where he is the chief publicist for The Tie Bar Company.
Jack, a prostate cancer survivor, is active with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and other local groups in increasing awareness and raising funds for research. He is on the Board of Directors for Boys Hope/Girls Hope, a privately funded, non-profit, organization that helps at-risk children. Jack has served as a volunteer assistant football coach at Regis Jesuit High School in Denver for more than 10 years after filling a similar position in Cleveland at Saint Ignatius High School for 20 seasons.
JERRY SCHEMMEL is in his his ninth season as one of the radio voices of the Colorado Rockies, teaming once again with broadcast partner, Jack Corrigan.
Schemmel's voice has been heard in the Denver market prominently over the past two decades. He served as the radio play-by-play voice of the Denver Nuggets for 18 seasons, as well the radio voice of Colorado State football and basketball during the 2009-2010 season. His sportscasting career spans nearly 30 years and includes radio and television play-by-play of several professional and major college sports. 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 which 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. In 2009, he published a second book, The Extravagant Gift.
Schemmel has been a guest on several national television programs, including "Regis & Kathy Lee," "48 Hours," "CBS This Morning," "Turning Point," "Biography Channel," "National Geographic TV," "The Today Show," "The Hour of Power," "Good Morning America," and "The Oprah Winfrey Show." His story has also been aired as an extended feature on ESPN and ESPN Sportscenter.
During the summers of 2003 and 2004, Schemmel rode a bicycle across the United States as a fundraiser for two Denver area charities. Those efforts raised over $250,000. Last June, Schemmel completed the Race Across America bicycle race, as part of a two person relay team. He and partner Brad Cooper won the overall Two Person Relay Division, covering 3,000 miles in just over seven days. The effort was a fundraiser for the construction of an orphanage in Haiti.
Schemmel spent 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, and as a TV play-by-play announcer for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He is currently the Assistant Baseball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Colorado Christian University.
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, S.D., and now resides in Littleton, Colo., with his wife Diane, daughter Maggie and son Ryan.