God has used both Larry and Lauren in unique ways on their way to becoming hosts on K-LOVE. Get to know them a little bit better!
My career started one day long ago when I was invited to be a “guest teen DJ” on WLS Chicago. From that time on, I knew radio was what I wanted to do! The 15 minutes of fame was like a drug I had to have more of.
In the army, I was stationed in Alaska and worked for the Armed Forces Radio Network. At the time, the network was the only lifeline for troops operating in the 88 remote sites across Alaska. Even though I did not yet fully know who Jesus was, I felt guided into radio. After my tour of duty was complete, I stayed around in Anchorage working for various stations for several decades.
I eventually met my future wife through radio; a beautiful redhead named Dean. Although Dean and I did not exactly like each other at first, she continued to tell me how Jesus loves me and had a plan for my life. Tired of the bar/drug scene, I asked God into my heart and made a commitment to follow Him. Nothing has been the same for me since! I married Dean and eventually left Alaska to help start the Air1 radio network, with studios originally in St Helens, Oregon. Four years later, my family and I moved again to become part of the K-LOVE family.
I am abundantly blessed by my wife (Dean) of 31 years, 3 adult children and 7 grandkids as well as the opportunity to communicate God’s love on the radio.
My career in radio sort of happened by accident! I started out wanting to be on TV. When I was in college (Go CSU Rams!) I tried to get involved at the campus TV station but because of an underlying health issue (which led to the discovery of a tumor on my thyroid), I had acne and was so self conscious, that I decided to walk out. On my way out of the building, I started talking to someone from the campus radio station who liked my voice. The rest, as they say, is history!
When grown up life came-a-calling, God blessed me with an opportunity to work at a station in Carlinville, Illinois. This meant leaving all my family and friends in Colorado and moving to a small Midwest town with new people (and even more cows!) But since I had told God “wherever you lead, I’ll follow,” no matter where that took me, I was going.
When I said those exact words again over a year later, God opened the door to this amazing family at K-LOVE.
I’m weird but I don’t hate it ;) Being the only girl out of 4 kids I was doomed to be super girly from the get-go. I love LOVE treasuring time with family and friends, I think pink, and I find reasons to celebrate each day! I’m chasing after God with everything in me and loving the journey. “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Larry & Lauren