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:

WHAT A NIGHT IT WAS!     Over 700 people came out to hear Van speak and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Joshua Christian Academy, Friday March 28.   Van was the keynote speaker at the Ellwell Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Also honored was former WHO Radio broadcaster Jan Mickelson.  

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 , 4 to 6 pm.  A book signing party for Van's book, "How You Look & How You Feel."   at West Lakes Hy-Vee, across from Des Moines Golf & Country Club in West Des Moines, at University & Jordan Creek Parkway.  


SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 9 AM: Van appears at the Barefoot run for Zimbabwe at Terra Park in Johnston.   A fundraiser for the mission trip Van and 10 others will be taking to Zimbabwe in late June.  For details call 515-2767284.


SATURDAY APRIL 27, 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.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 10:30 AM: Van delivers the sermon at Bethany Reformed Church at 720 NE 52nd. Details 515 265-6962.

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.