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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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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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