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, MARCH 19:  11 AM TO 1 PM,  Van does a book signing at the Downtown Hy-Vee on Court Avenue. Come spend part of your lunch hour with Van.

SATURDAY MARCH 16: 10 am to 1 pm: Van broadcasts live from the Iowa Flower, Lawn & Garden Show at the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21: 4 pm to 6 pm at the Waukee Hy-Vee Market Grille. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 29,  6 pm: Van is the keynote speaker at the Denny Ellwell Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for the annual Joshua Christian Academy Dinner. Also being honored will be former WHO Radio broadcaster Jan Mickelson.  500 people expected. Details at 515 210-3229.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3:  6 to 8 pm.  Van hosts the Wealth Enhancement Group free seminar and meal "4 Critical Milestones on Your Road to Retirement."  Dinner & presentation at Des Moines Golf & Country Club. Details at 888-825-7331.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4:  11:30 TO 1:30.  Same presentation and meal as above, but for lunch.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5,  6 pm: Van speaks at the Indianola Foundation Dinner at Annelise Winery in Indianola.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 10:30 am. Van gives the sermon at Panther Creek Church of the Brethren, north west of Adel.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 8 am to 1 pm.  Van makes an appearance and broadcasts live from Midwest Construction, just off the highway 141 exit of I-8-/35. Details at 515-808-5014.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 8 AM: Van speaks to the men's breakfast at New Hope Assembly of God fellowship hall across the street south of the main church. Details at 515-254-9094.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15:  11 am to 1  pm.  Van broadcasts live from the new Bankers Trust location in Ankeny. Address to be announced.  


MONDAY, MAY 20, 12 noon to 1 pm: Van speaks to the Ottumwa Rotary. Details from Brenda at 641-777-2339.


                      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.

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.