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:

THURSDAY, MAY 23:  Pleasant Hill Hy-Vee for a book signing. 4 to 6 PM

FRIDAY, MAY 24:  5 TO 9 AM, Van broadcast the WHO Radio morning show from a free for all axe throwing morning show at Iron side Axe throwing, 2700 University Ave, Suite 100, West Des Moines.  Hy-Vee provides free breakfast.

SATURDAY, MAY 25:  8 TO 12 NOON, Van at Garage sale to support Zimbabwe mission trip. 6523 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa. 


                      5 TO 9 am, Van broadcasts live from Camp Dodge's Gold Star Museum in                                                                          Johnston. Free admission with ID and free breakfast.

                      10 am, Van narrates Memorial Day concert an Ankeny on city bandshell                                                                                                                                                                            stage.

THURSDAY, MAY 30,  5 to 9 am: Van broadcasts live form the Principal Charity Classic golf tournament at the Wakonda Club on Fluer Drive in Des Moines.

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 6 pm: Van posthumously salutes former KDLS broadcaster Tom Quinlan for his many years of service to Perry and central Iowa.  Tom gave Van his first radio job. Event held at LaPoste conference Center, the former Perry Post Office. 

Wednesday, June 5, 12:00 noon:  Van speaks to the Newcomers Compass Club Luncheon. Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway. 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19,  Van goes to Zimbabwe, Africa, for a mission trip.

SATURDAY, JULY 20, Van and Becky Plager are married!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17,  7 pm: Van speaks to a hospital's stroke support group at New Hope Methodist Church 4525 Beaver Ave in Des Moines. For details call Sue Knapp at 515-249-4272.