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.
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.
Tonight the B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip traveled to Waco and Minneapolis. First they spoke to David Smoak, AM 1600, about Baylor football and Robert Griffin III. He talked about what RG3 has meant to the program and the progress of the program in general. Smoak talked about Baylor planning to honor RG3 with a statue. Then they flew to Minneapolis to talk to Judd Zulgad, ESPN 1500, about the Kevin Love sweepstakes. He said it would be tricky to work things out for Love to go to the Rockets.
Brian Geltzeiler, hoopscritic.com, joined The Triple Threat to discuss NBA Free Agency. He discussed the probability of a sign and trade of Chris Bosh to Houston. He thinks if Houston can get Bosh and keep Chandler Parsons, they would definitely be a big contender. Geltzeiler thinks a lot of the rumors about LeBron to Cleveland could be misdirects leaked on purpose when he really intends to stay with Miami. He thinks Rockets are in a very tricky situation with Chandler Parsons while they try to go after a superstar and keep him at the same time. He also briefly commented on player and management issues that seem likely at some point.
Tonight’s B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip traveled to Miami and Cleveland tonight. First they spoke to Brian Rowitz, ESPN 106.3 Miami, about Chris Bosh trade rumors. He also discussed the situations of the Heat players in free agency. Next they flew over to Cleveland to talk to Daryl Ruiter, 92.3 The Fan, about the Cavs pursuit of LeBron James. On the football side, he discussed Josh Gordon’s arrest and Johnny Manziel’s sketchy photos from the holiday weekend. He said Manziel needs to be careful and find some better friends or this kind of issue will likely continue to arise.
Tonight the B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip traveled to New York and Columbia. First they spoke to John Jastremski, WFAN New York, about Carmelo Anthony and where he will end up. Jastremski said he thinks where Melo lands will be largely about money. He thinks it’s a pipe dream for both LeBron James and Melo to end up in Houston. He also doesn’t think LeBron James will leave the Heat. Next they traveled to Columbia to talk to Brandon Kiley, ESPN Columbia, about Dorial Green-Beckham going to OU. Kiley said he doesn’t think there’s much chance Green-Beckham actually plays for Oklahoma at all.
Houston Chronicle writer Jonathan Feigen joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to discuss the Rockets in free agency. Feigen said they will sell Carmelo Anthony on being on a team with a big 3 in their meeting tomorrow. He also discussed the routes the Rockets could take to trade Jeremy Lin. Feigen talked about the potential of the Rockets going after Kevin Love. He said regardless of who they go after, the guys who are currently on the Rockets roster need to really work to improve their defense.
R. J. Choppy, 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip to discuss Mavs in free agency. He talked about how Dirk Nowitzki will likely take a pay cut to stay with the Mavs as they make a move at Carmelo Anthony. Choppy said they are also pursuing guys like Luol Deng. He briefly discussed the Cowboys signing Rolando McClain. He also said the Cowboys will always be run the way Jerry Jones wants it to be as long as Jerry Jones is around. Then Mark Grote 670 The Score in Chicago came on to discuss Carmelo Anthony’s visit to the Bulls. He said getting Carmelo Anthony would make the Bulls good enough to beat the Heat if Derrick Rose is healthy.
CSN Houston’s Sebastian Salazar joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to discuss the USA vs Belgium game tomorrow in the World Cup. He discussed some of the interesting game time situations that have occurred in the World Cup so far. Salazar said that France and the Netherlands have been performing pretty well so far in the Cup and Germany not as well as expected. He discussed concerns with Jozy Altidore’s hamstring and said it would be a huge risk to start him against Belgium tomorrow. Salazar analyzed the way that the US has played against their other opponents and what they need to do against Belgium.
Orlando Alzugaray, 640 Sports Miami, joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show on the Road Trip to talk about NBA free agency. He says LeBron James really is in control right now and a lot depends on what he chooses and that will have a big impact on the Big 3. He says Kyle Lowry is a huge target in free agency for teams. Alzugaray doesn’t think LeBron James has any reason to go anywhere.