Amazing Americans

Powerful stories with heroes and winners from all walks of life.

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Amazing Americans with Jerry Schemmel features exclusive interviews with heroes and winners from all walks of life, who fought enormous odds to succeed.

Hosted by Jerry Schemmel, popular major market sports broadcaster for nearly three decades, and survivor of the crash of UA Flight 232 in Sioux City, IA in 1989.

Listeners and Advertisers love Amazing Americans! It’s an uplifting, refreshing break from today’s negative news and divisive politics.

Jerry Schemmel does a masterful job week after week in delivering an entertaining, positive, family-friendly program that showcases radio at its best for your station!

Amazing Americans with Jerry Schemmel is heard on a growing roster of affiliates including WIBC, Indianapolis; KDFD, Denver; WOWO, Ft. Wayne; KSCS, Charleston, and more than 80 great American radio stations of all formats.


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Jerry Schemmel, Host of Amazing Americans
Jerry Schemmel

In addition to being the creator and host of the nationally syndicated radio show Amazing Americans, Jerry Schemmel is also a very busy Brodcaster, Author, and Motivational Speaker.


Jerry is currently a radio play-by-play announcer for the Colorado Rockies, on flagship radio station, KOA, in Denver.

He is also the radio voice of the University of Northern Colorado Basketball.

Prior to the announcing Rockies games, Schemmel spent 20 seasons broadcasting radio and television in the NBA, two years for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the last 18 with the Denver Nuggets.

Plane Crash Survivor

Schemmel is a survivor of United Airlines Flight 232 that crashed in Sioux City, IA on July 19, 1989. The crash took the lives of 112 people.


Schemmel is the author of two books. Chosen To Live was published in 1996 and chronicles his experience in surviving UA Flight 232. The Extravagant Gift was published in 2009 and is an ​evangelical outreach booklet.


In 2015, Schemmel, as part of a two person relay team, won the Race Across America. A documentary about the event, Godspeed, was released in 2018. He also holds the age group record for the Colorado Crossing, a 468 mile race across the state of Colorado.

In 2021, he attempted the Race Across America, as a solo racer, but was forced to withdraw from the race on Day 2, with heat stroke.

Motivational Speaker

Schemmel is available as a motivational speaker, year round. He tells of his survival of UA Flight 232 and life lessons from it. Titles of his talks include "Catching A Second Wind," "Chosen To Live," "Tragedy To Triumph," and "Just Keep Moving."

You can visit his personal website at:

Amazing Americans & Jerry Schemmel, In The News

ESPN Feature: "Humble Hero" - Jerry Schemmel
February 3, 2012

Passenger describes surviving United Flight 232 crash that killed 112 people
August 27, 2019

30 years later, Rockies broadcaster Jerry Schemmel and other Flight 232 crash survivors can only remember
July 19, 2019

Plane crash shaped Schemmel's passion for life, broadcast career
July 12, 2019

The American Athlete - Brad Cooper & Jerry Schemmel
June 6, 2019

Godspeed: The Race Across America [Trailer]
April 16. 2018

Rockies broadcaster Jerry Schemmel rides for veterans in inspiring film
March 10, 2018

Rox radio voice Schemmel to ride for charity
August 30th, 2017

Rockies announcer Jerry Schemmel will cycle 112 miles with a heavy heart to remember the 1989 Iowa plane crash
July 18, 2017

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