USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The "Van & Bonnie in the Morning Show" on WHO 1040 AM News Radio from Des Moines, Iowa, broadcasted live by telephone line aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Nov. 5-6.
Over the past eight years the talk radio show has looked for unique places from which to broadcast. In their most recent endeavor, they asked their sports personality, Mark Allen, where he would like to broadcast live.
"I said an aircraft carrier," Allen said. "I've always been fascinated with the ship's history and its evolution over the times."
In their research to make this dream a reality, the show reached out to their audience for assistance and received a big helping hand in return.
Van & Bonnie interviewed Sailors originally from the state of Iowa to give radio listeners an idea of what life is like on a carrier as they broadcast from the ship's flag bridge.
Aviation Ordanceman Airman Sarah Escovedo, Weapons Department, G-3 division, shared on the airwaves how she assembles ordnance below the decks of the ship for the aircraft.
"My sister was in the Navy and she would talk to me about the different things in the fleet," said Escovedo. "Later on down the line, I talked with a recruiter and ended up joining myself."
Van and Bonnie also interviewed Capt. Herman A. Shelanski, Harry S. Truman's commanding officer. He said it was the Sailors, such as those from Iowa, who make ships like Truman so successful.
"The best part of the ship is the Sailors," Shelanski said. "We have Sailors here from Iowa and every place in the U.S. and all walks of life."
To have a radio show broadcast live from Truman was a first for Iowa and was absolutely amazing, said Allen.
"You really have no idea what you are going to see next or the people that you going to meet," shared Allen. "The chemistry of how everything works is just above and beyond all of our expectations."
Before going off the air, the morning show presented Shelanski with a wooden plaque as a gift to the ship and to thank all of the Sailors for their service.
"All the folks [in Iowa] should be very proud of the fact that your young people in this country are doing such a great job," Shelanski said. "It gives me great hope for our future as to what this next generation is going to bring to our country."
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