1040 WHO's Van & Bonnie Into Iowa Broadcasting Hall of Fame
|RADIO ONLINE | Friday, June 14, 2019|
iHeartMedia Des Moines' 1040 WHO congratulates Van Harden and Bonnie Lucas for being inducted into the Iowa Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. The annual awards luncheon honors and recognizes Iowa broadcasters who make a difference through their great stories of leadership, integrity, reliability, service over self, team building and mentoring across the state. Harden and Lucas are the fourth and fifth 1040 WHO personalities to receive the honor and join the ranks of legendary broadcasters such as Jack Shelley, Jim Zabel and Keith Kirkpatrick.
The "Van and Bonnie Show" is built on being local and has provided listeners in central Iowa with an important community touchstone for 24 years. Every morning, the duo focuses on highlighting local people, local events and causes, all with a touch of humor. Giving back is a big part of the "Van and Bonnie Show," and in the past year alone they have helped raise $162,000 for The Pinky Swear Foundation, a foundation geared towards helping kids stricken by cancer and their families , have given away over 5,000 pork loins for "Operation Christmas Meal," Iowa Select Farms annual free pork loin giveaway for local families in need and packed over 30,000 meals for the hungry at Meals for the Heartland.
"Just coming to a job you love where you can have fun and help people every day is amazing enough in itself," said Harden. "Especially when I've been able to do it with such an uplifting and fun co-host for over three decades. Being inducted into the Iowa Broadcasting Hall of Fame with so many incredible broadcasters is truly a surreal and over-the-top experience."
"This job is not work," said Lucas. "It's having fun talking with your friends, inviting them into your world. It's being in the middle of all the news that's happening both locally and all around the world. It's working with a co-host for decades who has been my friend for 40 years. We don't do this for awards, but this award is extremely special."
The National Association of Broadcasters has recognized the "Van and Bonnie Show" four times with a Marconi Award for "Best Radio Personality." In addition, Harden and Lucas have received numerous awards for their community service, including recognition from Governor Terry Branstad, the US Army, Habitat for Humanity, the Pinky Swear Foundation and the Iowa Sports Foundation.