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Voice Of Rockies Part of iHeart Layoffs

“Without Schemmel, Jack Corrigan is currently the lone voice in the Rockies radio booth, but there is an expectation of adding a second announcer.”

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Longtime Denver sportscaster and voice of the Colorado Rockies, Jerry Schemmel is out as the team’s radio announcer. According to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, Schemmel was included in iHeartMedia’s massive list of layoffs that were felt in markets throughout the country this week. 

The Rockies flagship radio station is iHeartMedia’s KOA 850 AM and 94.1 FM. Schemmel was an employee of iHeartMedia, not the Rockies, but members of Denver’s baseball team were disappointed to hear the broadcaster would no longer be calling their games this season.

“Jerry is a pro,” Rockies manager Bud Black told The Post. “His passion for his profession showed up every day. I personally will miss our daily interactions. And everyone around the ballpark, I’m sure, will feel the same.”

All-Star shortstop Trevor Story also weighed in on the news, saying “Jerry was one of my favorite people to see every day. I’m going to miss him greatly.”

Schemmel joined the Rockies radio booth in 2010, but he’s been a recognizable voice in Colorado for decades longer, having served as the voice of the Denver Nuggets from 1992-2010.

Without Schemmel, Jack Corrigan is currently the lone voice in the Rockies radio booth, but there is an expectation of adding a second announcer. Corrigan has called Rockies games since 2002, having previously spent 18 years as an announcer for the Cleveland Indians.

The 2020 season is quickly approaching. With Rockies’ pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training on Feb. 11, the radio station will need to move fast to find a replacement for Schemmel.

Beyond sportscasting, Schemmel was amazingly one of 184 people to survive a 1989 plane crash. Unfortunately, United Airlines Flight 232 still took more than 100 lives after crashing in Sioux City, Iowa. Schemmel was a hero on that tragic day, going back into the burning airplane to rescue an 11-month old girl trapped in an overhead bin.

Every year since 2007, Schemmel rides his bicycle 112 miles to Colorado Springs and back, one mile for each life lost, to honor the victims of the crash. 

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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Angelo Cataldi Thinks Cris Collinsworth Is A ‘Bozo’

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

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Some analysis made by Sunday Night Football commentator Cris Collinsworth caught the attention of 94 WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi that sent him over the edge Monday morning.

“Joe Banner ripped Cris Collinsworth last night over something he said about Andy Reid in the game last night,” Rhea Hughes said as she detailed Banner’s criticism. “He goes ‘I worked for Andy Reid for 14 years. Cris Collinsworth just said if there’s anything Andy Reid loves to do it’s pound the football.”

“Oh that’s a total lie! Cris Collinsworth is a bozo!”, Cataldi shouted.

Reid faced heavy criticism at the end of his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for his reluctance to run the football. The team routinely finished in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards per game during Reid’s 14 seasons at the helm of the franchise.

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

“NBC needs to learn he does no work anymore,” Hughes added of Collinsworth.

“Nothing! Stop it! Stop it all of you! Stop it now!”, Cataldi concluded.

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