The 2017 season marks Ken Korach's 26th year in the American League, his 22nd season with the A's, and his 12th as the team's lead radio announcer. In the long history of the A's in Oakland, only the legendary Bill King, who was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, has spent more years doing radio play- by-play for the team.
In what he described as a labor of love, Korach authored his first book in 2013 about his former booth mate. Entitled "Holy Toledo - Lessons from Bill King: Renaissance Man of the Mic," he interviewed dozens of King's closest friends and professional peers in a 267-page book that was the No. 1 best selling baseball book on Amazon for more than a month and a best seller at many Bay Area bookstores.
Korach, who was named 2013 California Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, began his baseball career in 1981 when he worked the first of two seasons with the Redwood Pioneers of the California League. He also spent several full seasons broadcasting in the Pacific Coast League, in 1986-87 for Phoenix and 1989-1991 for Las Vegas. Korach was hired by the Chicago White Sox in 1992 and he spent four years with the Sox, working mostly weekend games.
Korach began his broadcasting career at KTOB Radio in Petaluma in 1980, and he was hired as a sports anchor and voice of San Jose State football by KCBS Radio in San Francisco in 1985. He spent 22 seasons broadcasting college basketball and 14 seasons broadcasting college football for Sonoma State University, San Jose State and UNLV, where he spent 12 seasons as the voice of the Runnin' Rebels on radio and television.
Korach was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2003, was the 2001 Nevada Sportscaster of the Year, and his 1986 KCBS broadcast of the San Jose State-Fresno State football game was voted the top play-by-play performance that year for California and Nevada by the Associated Press Radio and Television Association.
Korach's national work includes broadcasting selected major league games for ESPN Radio in 2009 and several bowl games, including the Peach, Las Vegas and Senior Bowls.
Korach's charitable work includes the establishment of Ken Korach's A's Winning for the Community, which raised over $50,000 for the high school baseball programs in Oakland, including Ken's personal donation of $15,000. Korach was honored with a proclamation by the Oakland School Board in 2009, and he currently serves on the advisory board for the Oakland Tech High School Field of Dreams.
Ken is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and lives in Henderson, Nev. in the off-season with his daughter, Emilee, and wife Denise.