What I do for 610: I’m the producer for B-Straw & Pauly G. 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.
Tonight on the Road Trip the guys traveled to Los Angeles and Memphis. They started in Memphis to preview the Grizzlies going into the Playoffs with Chris Vernon of 92.9FM. He talked about how well the team might do in their up coming matches. Then they traveled to Los Angeles to talk to Arash Markazi, ESPN.com, on the Clippers side of things. He talked about which players need to step up for the Clippers to make a serious run at things.
Brien and Paul pack for a chance of snow as they head up to New York for their first guest on tonight’s road trip. Joining the show from New York City is John Jastremski from “JJ After Dark” on WFAN. John talks about how much former Titan running back Chris Johnson will help the Jets’ struggling offense. John believes that Johnson can still produce and will join the bundle of offensive weapons that were signed by the Jets in this past off-season. The boys head south to warmer climate in Atlanta, where they are joined by Dan Mathews from Football.com. Dan gives an update on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray’s highly anticipated pro-day.
Brien and Paul pack their jackets as they head northeast to Boston before finishing their road trip in Indianapolis. Boston Herald columnist and Host WEEI host Chris Vilanni joins the guys to talk about the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing. What was supposed to be a day of recollection and paying respect, turned out to be a panic filled evening in Boston after two unattended backpacks were fount near the marathon finish line. A man, suspected of being mentally ill has been apprehended by Boston police and is in custody.
Dino Babers, the head football coach of Bowling Green University joins B-Straw and Pauly G to talk about the capabilities of his former Eastern Illinois University quarterback, Jimmy Garappolo. Coach Babers states that Garappolo has the fastest release he has ever seen and was extremely accurate during his tenure at Eastern Illinois. Garappolo has exemplified the physical and mental attributes that are sought by NFL teams, but his career of playing against FCS opponents has scouts questioning the level of success at the highest level.
Steven Godfrey from SB-Nation.com joins the guys to talk about the concept of the “Bag Man”. These silent financiers of division I football players have not been quiet enough, as Godfrey investigates their efforts to bring in our nation’s top athletes. In an effort to gain some understanding of this taboo subject, Godfrey approached a few anonymous Bag Men to ask them how their under-the-table “financial” contributions to prospective college football players has helped out their respective programs. The majority of the anonymous patrons that he interviewed were ironically, not financially “well-off” like many of us would expect. Not only are these players getting paid before they arrive on campus, but they continue to receive cash from these bag men through the entirety of their college career.
B-Straw and Pauly G embark on a cross-country trip to San Francisco and Louisville. On their first stop in San Fran, they are joined by John Dickinson from KGMZ 95.7 “The Game”. Dickinson gives an update on 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith’s latest incident. The 24 year-old was taken into custody by LAX airport police, after he became belligerent and made a comment to a TSA officer that he had a bomb when he was selected for a secondary screening. The 49ers have been plagued with off-field issues in the past month. Steve Andress from WDRB-TV Louisville, joins the guys next to talk about Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s “shaky” private workouts. The poor feedback his workouts are receiving from NFL experts could prove costly to his draft status.
Tonight the guys kicked off the Road Trip talking to John Boyette, Augusta Chronicle, about the Masters. Boyette talked about the big stories of the tournament so far. Then they went to Columbia to talk to Brandon Kiley, “The Morning Blitz”, about Green-Beckham’s dismissal from Mizzou’s football team. Kiley discussed the players legal troubles and how they led to his release. He also said it will have a huge impact on Missouri’s football team’s chances moving forward.
Evan Rosenbloom joined The B-Straw and Pauly G Show to talk about the allegations against Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick is denying the truth of the TMZ reports about what the victim is reporting happened. Rosenbloom walked the guys through the process of reporting the story and how details have come to light over time so far.
The guys packed their golf clubs on this road trip in anticipation of their final stop at The Masters in Augusta, Georgia. They set-off heading up I-45 to Dallas, where they are joined by R.J. Choppy from 105.7 “The Fan”. Choppy analyzes the controversial statements made by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about the popularity of his team. He goes on to talk about the possibility of the Cowboys drafting Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. B-Straw and Pauly G leave Dallas and head out to The Masters with Seth Harp from 102.1 “HarpOnSports”. Harp states that if the perfect weather in Augusta stays around, this year’s Masters could be the most crisp tournament in history. He also expresses his desire to see Phil Mickelson still in contention on Sunday, due to the foreseeable drop in television ratings, if he isn’t.
The guys break away from sports for a few minutes to talk about subjects that will make you laugh, or scratch your head. They start the segment off discussing the animals that they believe that shouldn’t have been allowed onto Noah’s arc and there most popular pic— the unicorn… The subject quickly switches over to the bizarre story about a nine month old baby being charged with attempted murder by Pakistani officials. The segment wraps up with everyone’s favorite thinking place; the port-o-potty