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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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Cody Tapp Wants Radio Show Featured in Kansas City Chiefs Hallmark Original Holiday Movie

“Don’t you want to be in the background on one shot of this?”

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Hallmark Media, the NFL, Skydance Sports and the Kansas City Chiefs are collaborating on a new holiday movie that will premiere later in the year. Titled Holiday Touchdown: A Chiefs Love Story, the original movie will feature actors such as Tyler Hynes, Hunter King and Ed Begley Jr. The venture will begin filming next month from Kansas City, Mo. locations, including GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium and follows a plot in which a family is trying to win the Chiefs “Fan of the Year” contest. In celebration of the local partnership, the Kansas City downtown skyline will be lit in purple and red Tuesday night at sunset.

“With Hallmark and the Kansas City Chiefs both homegrown, rooted in values, tradition and community, there is a special alchemy between these two iconic organizations,” Darren Abbott, chief brand officer of Hallmark, said in a statement. “By blending the warmth of Hallmark storytelling with the excitement of professional football, we are thrilled to give audiences a front-row seat to this community’s spirit, rich traditions and passionate fans that define Kansas City, all wrapped up in the comforting and uplifting Hallmark way.”

“We are honored to partner with Hallmark on a project as unique as this,” Mark Donovan, president of the Kansas City Chiefs, said in a statement. “As a club, we pride ourselves on exploring new ways to grow our brand, as well as connect with new audiences. This partnership unites two passionate fanbases and gives us an opportunity to show Chiefs Kingdom’s energy and tradition on one of the most-watched channels during the holiday season.”

Cody Tapp and Alex Gold discussed the news on their midday program, Cody & Gold, on 610 Sports Radio. Gold divulged more details about the movie that will premiere on the Hallmark Channel during its 15th Annual Countdown to Christmas slate of programming. Outside of production of this film, Hallmark and the Chiefs are planning game-day activations, unique co-branded merchandise and promotion across various platforms.

“Alright, I got to be honest,” Tapp said. “I’ve got to be in this movie. We’ve got to get the show in the movie. I just want to be standing in the background. I don’t want a line – let’s not get carried away here.”

Gold was going to remark on Tapp’s ego of immediately thinking that he should be in a Hallmark movie, leading him to reply that he could act well enough for the production. Furthermore, he expressed amazement in how the Chiefs are going to be involved in a Hallmark movie, adding it to the “unbelievable time” that they currently find themselves in.

“I did not expect to get an email saying the Chiefs are going to be in a holiday Christmas movie,” Tapp said. “I like the fact they’re going to film it in the summer. How are they going to make it look like winter? What’s their plan on that?… I guess a couple snow machines or some visual effects ought to carry that. Don’t you want to be in the background on one shot of this? They’re going to need extras, Gold.”

As Gold was divulging his opinion earlier in the show, Tapp was drafting an email to pitch that the show should be featured in the movie. Gold later stated that the program would either host a watch party or breakdown of the Hallmark movie and expressed to Tapp that Chiefs radio play-by-play announcer Mitch Holthus would be in the movie long before him.

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Chris Curtis: It’s Obscene How Announcers Think Someone Else’s Achievement is About Them

“Allow the call to stand for what you are celebrating don’t make the call about you.”

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The city of Boston just went through a championship win with the Boston Celtics taking home the NBA Championship this year. But it was the championship won by the NHL’s Florida Panthers, their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, that had The Greg Hill Show on WEEI talking this morning. Hosts Greg Hill, Jermaine Wiggins, Courtney Cox and producer Chris Curtis had talked about the game earlier, but later got into the final call by the Panthers’ radio announcers and Chris Curtis was not a fan of it at all.

“Can we just get to this unbelievable sound?” Curtis asked. “…I really think we should rip someone that doesn’t work with us.”

Curtis then played the audio of the last ten seconds of the broadcast with Panthers broadcasters Doug Plagens and Bill Lindsay.

“Ten seconds left, 2-1 Panthers,” Plagens said. “A dream 30 years in the making is real. The Florida Panthers have won the Stanley Cup.” This was followed by Lindsay yelling, “Lord Stanley is coming hoooooome.”

“Stop it right there,” Curtis said. “First of all, Lord Stanley, if he was cryogenically frozen like Ted Williams, would never return to a place he never visited, which is Sunrise, Florida. There is more hockey in Sudan than there is in Southern Florida. It is obscene how these people all across radio, mostly Syracuse ‘johnnies’ that think someone else’s achievement is about them.

“You are the conduit to the audience to enjoy…Maybe there are a handful of people that grew up watching the Panthers. Yesterday meant a lot to them. Allow the call to stand for what you are celebrating don’t make the call about you.”

Then, Curtis really went in and started with a local announcer who does something similar to what he was describing the Panthers’ announcers did.

“Sean Grande does this all the effing time,” Curtis said. “He writes out soliloquies. Sean, you didn’t do anything, you’re just telling us what they did. It’s not about you, you dullards. Bill Lindsay screaming on Doug Plagens of course Syracuse master’s degree, that’s where you learn to talk like someone who sounds like someone you have never met in your life while they’re trying to be relatable.”

“He went to Newhouse, Curtis,” Hill chimed in.

“If you need to go to Newhouse to get a job, you’re not that good,” Curtis said.

Wiggins disagreed a bit with Curtis’ take saying, “I like a homer broadcaster who feels the emotion of getting into it. The color guy who played for the team who gets emotional when you win.”

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Boomer Esiason: People Watch Stephen A. Smith ‘Because of Him and What He’s Going to Say’

“What other alternative or where else can he go?”

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With reports coming out that ESPN had made an initial contract offer of 5 years and $90 million dollars to Stephen A. Smith, various sports show hosts have weighed in and given their opinions. Such was the case during Boomer & Gio this morning on WFAN with Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti.

“Have you seen any of this Stephen A. Smith contract stuff that’s going on?” Giannotti asked.

“I have seen it, yes,” Esiason said. “Listen, the guy works his ass off, he is definitely a firestarter for that network and quite frankly he has built himself into a one man show.”

Giannotti replied, “He’s had success. He’s one of the bigger voices in sports if not the biggest voice in sports.”

Esiason added, “What’s different about him compared to Troy [Aikman] or Tony [Romo] or somebody else – people are going to tune in to watch the football game no matter who is doing it. People are watching him because of him and what he’s going to say.”

Giannotti reviewed the report of how much was offered and mentioned the other reports that say Smtih is looking for closer to $25 million per year. He also mentioned Dan Le Batard saying he thought ESPN had lowballed Smith with the offer.

Giannotti said, “This is one of those things that is just hard to calculate. I don’t know how much money they would lose if he wasn’t there. This is something I’d love to know…how many advertising dollars, how many things that they sell because he is there equates to a loss if he leaves?”

Esiason then said, “Here’s what I would ask. What other alternative or where else can he go?” He then later added, “In our medium on a national basis…both he and Pat McAfee have brought eyeballs or attention to ESPN for different reasons, and I think that if they can extract that kind of money out of those companies, good for them. I have no problem with any of it.”

Giannotti continued to ask about the ad dollars, but Esiason explained there were a lot of other factors that come into play.

“I don’t know about the advertising,” he said. “I think it’s more about the subscription services. I think it’s more about the fact that they use him in every single aspect they possibly can…He’s on that morning show…but then he’s all over the NBA playoffs, he’s all over the NFL playoffs. He’s all over everything. I couldn’t even imagine. I know what it was like for me when I was doing NFL Today, Monday Night Football and this radio program. It was exhausting…I know that he has complained about how much he is asked to do over there.”

All of this led to a discussion about a weekly Smith guest on First Take, Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo. “I tell you what, when he is on there, I find him to be extremely entertaining,” Esiason said. “The interaction between the two of them is about as entertaining as it can get on television…If I was ‘Dog’ I would quit [SiriusXM] cuz nobody hears you and go over [to ESPN] and take a full-time spot over there and get paid.”

“I don’t know if they’re offering a full-time spot for him over there, he’s like a novelty,” Giannotti replied.

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