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:


MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 6 pm Van & his wife Becky will be at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at Vets Auditorium to be judges in this year's annual "Taste of Elegance" put on by the Pork Producers Association. 

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, February 1st...Van and Becky bowl with the United Spinal Foundation at "The Great Escape" 655 NE 56th Street.  at 12 noon. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 4 PM, Van speaks to high school and college students at the downtown Des Moines Marriott

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11:   PM (TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED)  speaks at the Ames, Iowa Cornerstone Encore group. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12:  10 am to 1 pm   Van broadcasts from Attivo Trail Luxury 55+ Apartments. 835 NE Boston Parkway in Waukee, north of the Waukee Hy-Vee store. 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21:  1 to 3 pm.  Van broadcasts from the Home and Remodeling show in the Jacobson building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  


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


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 29,  11 am to 1 pm,  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!


SATURDAY, MARCH 7; 7:30 AM,  Grinnell Iowa, Van speaks to the "Ox Strong" mens group at Grinnell Christian church, 1331 Hobart Street. All are welcome.  

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 ... 10 AM TO 12 NOON. Van broadcasts from the Brass Armadillo at 701 NE 50th, Des Moines. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 21:  Van broadcasts at the Iowa Flower, Lawn & Garden Show at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Time to be announced. 


FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH:  Second "Walk With Van" 10 am at Fleet Feet as above.  

 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.