Van's Appearances & Speaking Events

Over the years Van has earned his reputation as a well-known broadcaster and great speaker. He continues to share his passion for radio and love for Iowa by speaking or broadcasting at local events. He's often asked to speak about radio, faith, his inventions, his books, his experiences with famous people and tell his funny and emotional stories. You can see Van at one of his appearances coming up! 

Events to Watch for:

Tuesday, Nov 26, 4 to 6 pm:  Van does a book signing 2 days before Thanksgiving, at the Normandy Plaza Hy-Vee, 1990 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines.  Perfect chance to get Van to autograph books for Christmas presents. 


Friday, December 6,  5 to 9 am, Van, Bonnie and Iowa Select Farms give away a huge Christmas gift of 4,000 free 5 pound pork loins to the needy of our community, live during their morning radio show from the Iowa State Fairgrounds. First come first served. 

Also on Friday, December 6,  2 to 3 pm, Van speaks to a convention of Unity Health Care leaders at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center.  

 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8: 1 TO 4 PM....Van and Becky open their home as one of 5 homes in Adel in the Adel Holiday House Tour sponsored by the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce group. Their house was built in 1851 and was once visited by Babe Ruth, and there is a tribute to that event in the house.  Also on display will be Van's 5 Marconi awards, the radio equivalent of the academy award, and his radio and model stadium collection.  The event is a fundraiser for the Adel community fund and is $10 per ticket.  Headquarters will be the Raccoon Valley Bank community building at 11th and Main Streets, where you can get tickets and a map to all 5 houses.  Tickets can be purchased now at Harvey's Greenhouse, The Adel HealthMart on the west side of the city square and Lincoln Savings Bank, all in Adel. At that same time the First Christian Church, one block north of the courthouse, is having a big soup and dessert lunch and Christmas Tree and Quilt display.    It's all Sunday December 8 from 1 to 4 pm. 

 Thursday, December 12: 4:30 to 6 pm:  Van will be at the ribbon cutting for the new Spurgeon Manor addition in Dallas Center.  

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13:   5 AM TO 2 PM: Van at Valley West Mall in West Des Moines, raising funds for the Pinky Swear Radiothon to benefit local families with a child with cancer. 

Sunday, JANUARY 12:  Van and Becky will be in Scranton, Iowa, to give a presentation on their trip to Zimbabwe.  Time and location to be announced.  Watch this space. 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14: Van will speak to about 500 employees of the Van Wall Group in Nevada, Iowa. Exact time and location yet to be announced. 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 6 PM, Sheridan Hotel in West Des Moines. Van hosts the 3E company's 100th anniversary celebration, by company invitation only. 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, Van speaks to the Altoona Methodist Mens group. Time yet to be determined.  


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6,   4 OR 5 PM: Van speaks to high school and college students at the downtown Marriott Hotel. 


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY the evening...Van speaks to the Ames Cornerstone Encore Group. 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22...12 NOON TO 1:45 PM...Van speaks at the Winter Family Banquet of the statewide Mennonite Friends churches. Location to be announced. 


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 29, time and place to be determined:  Van speaks at the Ottumwa, Iowa Home and Garden show. 

SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 8:30 AM:  Van speaks to the International Association of Fairs and Expositions at the Des Moines downtown Hilton .


FRIDAY, MARCH 6,   5 TO 9 AM: Van broadcast from the "Meals from the Heartland" building.   In mid-January there will be a sign up sheet at if you'd like to volunteer to come and help us.  We need help!


AUGUST 6 THROUGH 14:   Van broadcasts his morning radio show from 5 to 9 each weekday from the WHO Radio Crystal Studio on the Grand Ave concourse at the fairgrounds. 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14,   5 TO 9 AM,  Van broadcasts live from the Adult and Teen Challenge Golf Marathon at Beaver  Creek Golf Course, north of Des Moines on highway 141.   A fundraiser to help Central Iowans that are trying to beat addictions and dependencies.