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EP 066: Jerry Schemmel, Colorado Rockies

posted by Logan Anderson June 6, 2018 0 comments
      EP 066: Jerry Schemmel Colorado Rockies

Episode 66 is with Jerry Schemmel, the voice of the Colorado Rockies. He is a true renaissance man in the industry. He is a survivor of the infamous flight 232 plane crash in Sioux City, Iowa. Since then he has focused on not only becoming an excellent broadcaster but on truly living his life to the fullest. Topics of discussion include:

  • How his upbringing in rural South Dakota helped start him on the path to becoming a broadcaster.
  • Deciding to live life to the fullest after his plane crash led him to becoming a modern day renaissance man.
  • Making the decision not to sue the Hollywood executives who used his real life story of surviving a plane crash without his permission.
  • Why he doesn’t mind talking about the plane crash that was one of the darkest moments of his life.
  • How his wife helped him find his faith and turn the corner in his recovery from the crash.
  • How playing college baseball helped him in the path to becoming a broadcaster.
  • Graduating with a communications degree and immediately going to law school.
  • Landing and balancing a broadcasting job while going to law school.
  • Getting his first job covering a pro team with the Kansas City Sizzlers of the now defunct CBA.
  • Crazy stories from the CBA.
  • Becoming Deputy Commissioner of the CBA while¬† still being a play-by-play broadcaster.
  • What former CBA Commissioner Jay Ramsdell meant to him and why his passing was so tragic.
  • Going from being unemployed to the NBA broadcast booth with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • What was going through his mind before he turned on the mic in his first NBA broadcast.
  • How having his roll with the Timberwolves reduced lead to him becoming the full time voice of the Denver Nuggets.
  • Calling a great game for a bad team.
  • Covering a national anthem controversy way back in the 1990’s.
  • Moonlighting as a college baseball coach.
  • How being a coach changed the way he talked about coaches during his broadcast.
  • His relationship with George Karl.
  • Moving from the NBA to the MLB as the voice of the Colorado Rockies.
  • The difficulty of switching from basketball to baseball announcing.
  • Why he loves calling games in Denver.
  • The process of writing two books.
  • Having a strong memory.
  • Deciding to ride his bike across the country in seven days.
  • His favorite broadcasters to listen to on an off day.

And much more!

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