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.
Today on MaD Radio, Mike and Seth discussed the possibility of Seth starting to work for the Uber cab service. He explained why he wants to give it a try and his thoughts on the service in general. Seth has already passed the online background check and has wanted to be a cab driver since he was a kid. He also discussed some of the misgivings that he is having about trying it like the fact that he is somewhat of a public figure. Seth thinks it would be fun to pick up athletes and take taxi cab confessionals of drunk people.
T. D. Williams, Medium.com, joined MaD Radio to discuss an article he wrote on Daryl Morey. Williams explained why he has been critical of Morey because he hasn’t taken Houston “to the promised land” yet. He said he isn’t against the use of analytics in basketball, but says they have to be used careful. He said that Morey has created what he calls a “treadmill team” and doesn’t agree with his decision to not bring Chandler Parsons back. Williams said that he hasn’t felt Houston has really contended yet as they should have. He doesn’t think Morey is a terrible GM and he thinks the story has been over reported.
Jim Callis, MLB.com, joined MaD Radio to discuss the Brady Aiken situation. He said that he thinks that the Astros will still sign Aiken. Callis discussed what happens when a player fails their physical and how the team is at an advantage because they only have to pay forty percent of that players assigned value. He said that though Aiken can play right now, the Astros are more concerned about his future play. He also discussed Casey Close’s comments on the situation and hit briefly on Mark Appel.
Fran Blinebury, nba.com, joined MaD Radio to discuss the most recent developments in the NBA. He said that the Rockets are not going to be contenders this year with their current lineup and will just have to try again next year. He said it’s hard to say whether or not the Rockets should have re-signed Parsons but he thinks they probably should have gone for it. Blinebury spoke about the journey the Rockets have been on so far with getting James Harden and Dwight Howard, but this situation with losing out in free agency has been a bit of a setback for the team.
Hall of Famer David Robinson joined the Triple Threat to talk about all things NBA. He said he hadn’t really heard much about LeBron James’s move because he’s been out of the loop. He said that he is a big fan of James Harden and that Harden is “a stud.” Robinson thinks the Rockets still have some question marks to work through. He said he really enjoyed playing under Gregg Popovich because of his no nonsense style of coaching. He discussed a charity event he is doing in town as well.
Glenn Moore, Cleveland.com, joined the Triple Threat to talk about LeBron James returning to Cleveland. He said the comparison of him returning to a lover he once spurned is over blown. He said LeBron never liked being in Miami that much and Cleveland is home to him. Moore thinks that Cleveland should go for a trade with Wiggins for Kevin Love because he is more of a sure thing than Wiggins. He thinks Cleveland really is the best place for LeBron James and where he is at in his career and life right now.
Brian Geltzeiler, hoopscritic.com, joined The Triple Threat to discuss all the NBA free agency moves. He mainly talked about what a big get LeBron James is for the Cavs in Cleveland. He also discussed the possibility of Chris Bosh coming to Houston and thinks he would make a huge difference here. Geltzeiler thinks Bosh will very likely come to Houston due to recent developments.
Tonight the B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip traveled to Cleveland and New York in an NBA free agency edition. First they went to New York to speak to Marc Malusis, WFAN, about Melo and the Knicks free agency moves. He talked about Melo deciding to return to the team and other moves like they are working on with Pau Gasol. Then they flew to Cleveland to speak to Daryl Ruiter, 92.3 The Fan, about LeBron and if he will return to the Cavs or not. He says fans are eagerly waiting to hear and will be ready to celebrate if LeBron does decide to go to Cleveland. Ruiter thinks the Cavs are a playoff team with or without LeBron. He said the Cavs would be willing to give up Andrew Wiggins to go after Kevin Love if it meant they could get LeBron.
Orlando Alzugaray, 640 Sports Miami, joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to discuss NBA free agency and the Heat. He started out discussing the meeting between LeBron and Riley today in Vegas and his thought on Riley’s best approach to LeBron. He said that Miami has the clear advantage over Cleveland in the quest for LeBron in multiple ways from location to a level of class they are known for. Alzugaray said the winning component for teams is battle tested veteran players, not young guys. He said if LeBron leaves Miami, he can see Chris Bosh coming to play for the Rockets because he won’t stay on without LeBron. Alzugaray says LeBron is the big domino and he will set off a long chain of events once he has made his decision. He thinks LeBron will make his decision in the next 48 hours.
Ken Berger, CBSsports.com, joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to discuss NBA Free Agency. He said this is a very strange free agency period because usually by now the big guys have made their moves whereas this time the biggest players are still up in the air. He talked about LeBron’s best options and what might happen with them. Berger says LeBron is handling free agency the right way letting his agent talk to people and handle the business but he wishes he would speed up the process a little bit.