THIRTY-SEVEN Years of JC Corcoran in St. Louis
One of St. Louis’ most recognizable people, JC Corcoran is a successful radio and television personality, columnist, author and father. JC arrived in the Gateway City in 1984, and things haven’t quite been the same since. He’s taken three, separate, “also-ran” morning shows in St. Louis….to number one. It’s an achievement never before accomplished.
It’s hard to name a celebrity JC hasn’t interviewed, a topic to which he hasn’t added his unique perspective or a charity that hasn’t benefited from exposure on his show. Avid listeners recall “The Showgram’s” live broadcasts from the annual Cubs-Cards weekends in Chicago (including the first-ever night game at Wrigley Field), from Moscow during the 1990 May Day festivities, and from locations like Phoenix, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Hawaii, Disney World in Orlando, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Mexico, as well as from the 1985 World Series games in Kansas City, and the 1987 World Series in Minneapolis and the 2006 World Series in Detroit.
In keeping with his strong music presence, JC also has broadcast memorable shows from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the Grammys in New York and Hollywood and the famed Abbey Road Studios in London.
For sixteen years JC Corcoran was a familiar face on local TV, having served as Entertainment Editor at KSDK (NBC) from 1985 to 1991, for KMOV (CBS) from 1992 to 1999, and essayist for FOX2 News in 2008. During that period, JC traveled to show business capitols like Los Angeles and New York over three hundred times to screen new motion pictures and interview the industry’s hottest actors, actresses and directors. Among Corcoran’s more memorable conversations were with Harrison Ford, Oprah, Bill Murray, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Julia Roberts, Michael J. Fox, Tom Hanks, Demi Moore, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Basinger, George Clooney, John Goodman,Steven Spielberg and Jimmy Stewart. JC also covered the concert and comedy scene, presenting one-on-one interviews with Jay Leno, David Letterman, Bill Maher, George Carlin, Dana Carvey, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Randy Newman and Phil Collins. In 1990 Corcoran won an Emmy for his television special, “JC Went to Cardinal Spring Training and All We Got Was This Lousy TV Show.” In 1989 he was a featured guest on a spirited edition of the Sally Jessy Raphael Show that dealt with music censorship. Corcoran’s sharp interviewing style has been on display for a quarter century opposite familiar news and sports personalities like Dan Rather, Keith Olberman, Andy Rooney, Mickey Mantle, Albert Pujols, Brett Hull, Marshall Faulk, Tim Russert and Terry Bradshaw, as well as Bob Costas and Joe Buck, two frequent guests on the show.
But on any typical day you’re just as likely to hear JC talking about what’s happening in St. Louis. It was during his stint at KLOU in 2001 that he was honored at the St. Louis “Air Awards” with the prestigious March of Dimes “Lifetime Achievement Award,” and he still maintains a close relationship with the Salvation Army, having raised over a quarter-million dollars and over fifty tons of food via the “Food and Cash Salvation Bash” and the “Cans Film Festival.” In 2008 Corcoran was named Media Person of the Year by the St. Louis Restaurant Association. JC’s books, “Twenty Years of JC…The Man, The Legend, The Lawsuit” and “Real Life Stories of JC and The Breakfast Club or Twenty Minutes in the Dark with Madonna” have been area best-sellers for Virginia Publishing.
In 1998, JC learned his annual “Home-Opener” baseball radio special had been added to the archives of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. In 1995 and again in 2009 he had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinal game at Busch Stadium.
JC returned to St. Louis from Houston in 2014 with his wife, daughter and two cats. The family has since added a black lab mix named Luna.
Corcoran pitches in the Men’s Senior Baseball League and earned his first complete-game win in thirty-seven years in August of 2008.
JC was a featured columnist for St. Louis Sports Magazine since its inception in 2006, as well as a regular contributor to KSDK-TV’s popular “I’m Just Sayin’” segments.
JC Corcoran and Trish Gazall’s popular show on KTRS ceased on April 26th, 2012 when JC segued to fill-in work on WGN in his hometown of Chicago. His show in Houston ceased in December of 2013 when a corporate decision was made to change the station’s format. That’s when another legendary 50,000-watt station came calling, and JC went on to do just under a hundred morning show fill-in shows at talk-radio giant, WLS in the “Windy City.” From 2016 through early 2021 JC hosted “The Morning Showgram” and an extremely popular weekend oldies show on an area classic rock station.
“The future of electronic media is digital,” Corcoran proclaims. “With the re-launching of this daily, half-hour podcast, listeners get a uncensored show they can hear whenever it’s convenient for them.”