The 2019 season will mark Ken Korach's 28th year in the American League, his 24th with the A's and his 14th as the team's lead radio announcer. In the long history of the A's in Oakland, only 2017 Ford C. Frick Award recipient Bill King has spent more time doing play by play on radio for the A's.
Korach's first MLB job was in Chicago, where he spent four years broadcasting mostly weekend games for the White Sox. He also spent six full seasons in the minor leagues, beginning in 1984 with the Redwood Pioneers of the California League. He also worked in the Pacific Coast League in Phoenix (1986-87) and Las Vegas (1989-91). His national credits include broadcasting select MLB games for ESPN Radio and several bowl games.
Korach was hired in 1985 to broadcast San Jose State football on KCBS Radio and he spent 22 years doing football and basketball on radio and television for Sonoma State, San Jose State and UNLV.
He is the author of Holy Toledo, Lessons from Bill King, Renaissance Man of the Mic, which was published by Wellstone Books in 2013 and spent over a month as the number one best-selling baseball book on Amazon.com. Ken's second book, If These Walls Could Talk: Oakland A's, and co-written by San Francisco Chronicle A's beat writer Susan Slusser, is set for an opening day, 2019 release by Triumph Books.
Korach was honored as the 2013 California Sportscaster of the Year and the 2001 Nevada Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He was inducted in 2017 into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California and in 2003 into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
His charitable work includes the establishment of Ken Korach's A's Winning for the Community, which raised $50,000 for the high school baseball programs in Oakland, including Ken's personal contribution of $15,000.
Korach is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and he and his wife Denise are parents of their daughter, Emilee. They make their home in Henderson, NV and Pleasanton, CA.