What I do for 610: I’m the producer for The Fred and Ted Show and The Barry Warner Show. I help to book guests, screen calls, and find interesting stories every day.
Birthday: October 21
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Nickname: People often think my name is pronounced like Laura so I get that a lot, otherwise Lara is pretty short already to have a nickname
Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
College: Texas State University in San Marcos, TX
High school: Clements High School in Sugar Land, TX
How long at SportsRadio 610: Since 2011
How long in radio business: Since 2009
Coolest person at SR610: Job Tennant
What I love about Houston: The great variety of things to see and do
Favorite four-letter word: SPAR
Experience: I started at the bottom and am still fighting my way up
Teams followed: Texans, Rockets, Dynamo
Signature phrase: Probably something sarcastic.
Favorite sports experiences: Meeting athletes at Fan Fest, going to Astros games with friends, being my dad’s only sporty child so he was my coach a lot.
Sports played: I played soccer and volleyball all through the early years and dabbled a bit in gymnastics and ice-skating. I did some track and field too.
Family: My parents told me I could do anything I wanted. I think they may regret that now that I’ve decided what I want to do is radio. I have a very awesome and supportive family though.
More: I have a great passion for radio and really enjoy having a job that challenges me and keeps me interested every day. Plus it’s a lot of fun to be one of the only girls at a Sports station. There’s never a dull moment.
Corey Chavous, draftnasty.com, joined The Fred & Ted Show to talk about the Texans possibly getting a first round draft pick. He talked about possible outlooks for guys like Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, and more. He talked about whether the Texans should go for a quarterback or look to fill some other need for the team. Chavous also talked a bit about the Texans situation with the firing of Kubiak and how to move forward with picking a new head coach.
Ian Rapoport joined The Fred & Ted Show to discuss Gary Kubiak’s firing. He discussed why Kubiak would be fired now as opposed to the end of the season. Rapoport discussed who might fit as the next head coach for the Texans. He thinks there is no chance Nick Saban will take the job. There is no doubt in his mind that the Texans head coaching job is a very attractive position to a lot of people.
Leigh Steinberg, inspiration for Jerry Maguire, joined The Fred & Ted Show to discuss his illustrious career. He talked about how he got a bit off track after having a lot of success fast with alcohol. Steinberg is working his way back now sober. He talked about what role the sports agent should play in the lives of athletes. Also, he discussed how Jerry Maguire came to be based off of him. They also discussed health issues for athletes in football as the league moves forward.
NFL cap expert Joel Corry joined The Fred & Ted Show to discuss the daunting cap issues the Texans have ahead of them. He talked about Rick Smith’s reputation around the league when it comes to players and trades. Corry discussed what the Texans might do with players like Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson moving forward. He also looked at Arian Foster and Ben Tate’s deals moving forward. Corry said Texans may have to do some maneuvering to keep guys like J.J. Watt around.
Former NFL MVP Rich Gannon joined The Fred & Ted Show to talk about all things football. He talked about all the uncertainty the Texans have had at the quarterback position this season. Gannon says Keenum is an interesting prospect but has a ways to go moving forward. He said at this point Kubiak needs to just focus on the team having a clean performance moving forward. He also chimed in on what happened with the whole Richie Incognito situation.
Former NBA player Damon Jones joined The Fred & Ted Show to discuss the Rockets season so far. He isn’t surprised Harden and Howard have done so well together so far. Jones talked about how the first loss the Rockets have had so far shows what they need to work on moving forward with the season. He talked about the defense and how Harden needs to work on the defensive side of his game. Moving forward, Jones says the Rockets still have some work to do moving forward.
ESPN’s Mike Wells joined The Fred & Ted Show to talk about the Texans and Colts game Sunday. He talked about the vulnerability of the team without Reggie Wayne, but says he doesn’t think it’ll be as bad as people are thinking. Wells talked about what makes Andrew Luck a special player and good quarterback. He also discussed Pagano’s coaching style. Wells talked about how little the Colts know about Keenum but says they were impressed with his performance against the Chiefs.
Tom James of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star joined The Fred & Ted Show to talk about the Texans playing the Colts this Sunday. He talked about how the Colts are a work in progress due to injuries. James broke down which players are developing well and should be looked out for this week. He detailed the difference between Chuck Pagano and Bruce Arians as coach. James also looked at the differences between Kubiak and Pagano when it comes to input in the different areas of the teams.
Coach Hugh Sandifer, Case Keenum’s high school coach, joined The Fred & Ted Show to talk about his former player. He talked about the fact people always counted Keenum on and yet he kept persevering. He attested to Keenum’s positive attitude and maturity and the fact that that has helped him through thus far. He said that Keenum has a very hard game and that he knows he will put pressure on himself to play well and take advantage of this chance.
Authors Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru joined The Fred & Ted Show to discuss their new book “League of Denial” about concussions in the NFL. They talked about what brought the issue to the forefront was largely the suicide of Junior Seau. They discussed the tipping point that lead the league to take more preventative measures for concussions. They also touched on their disappointment that ESPN dropped out after first partnering with them. They said they love the game and just want to see the players better protected.