Canton resident loving new role on Loren & WallyBy Mary Ann Price
She has been described as the sidekick, the newsreader, or the female voice. But Lauren Beckham Falcone defines her new job in just two words. “I call myself ‘the girl,’” she said with a laugh of her role on The Loren and Wally Morning Show, heard from 5:30 to 10 a.m. on radio station 105.7 WROR.
Beckham Falcone is the on-air female member of a show that includes Loren Owens, Wally Brine, Tom Doyle, and Hank Morse. She reads the news, shares her thoughts on life, and joins in the general fun of the show.
“I smile all the time,” Beckham Falcone said. “I laugh from 5:30 until the show ends.”
“LBF is refreshingly positive with a great sense of humor and a very witty outlook on life,” Brine said. “She’s a great addition to the team.”
“She’s funny, smart and full of energy,” said producer Brian Bell. “And that’s not easy for 4:30 in the morning.”
Working in radio is a change for Beckham Falcone, who was a writer and pop culture columnist for the Boston Herald for nearly 18 years.
“It was great,” she said of her time with the paper. “But I had done all I could do.”
She explored different options and was pondering her next move when the show’s producer, Brian ‘Lung Boy’ Bell, called her about a possible opening. “It took all my energy not to jump up and down,” she said. Her first day of work was her daughter Lucy’s birthday, June 20.
On a typical workday morning, Beckham Falcone is up at 3 a.m. She reads online news and makes notes for Bell on news topics. By 4:45 she is at the station. She reads the news at 5:30, 6:00 and 7:00 and chats with guests and her colleagues. When the show is over, she writes her on-air blog and updates posts for the show on Twitter and Facebook. She is usually on her way home by 11 a.m. unless there is an afternoon function to attend.
One of the things Beckham Falcone enjoys about radio is the immediacy of connecting with people. On a recent show she mentioned that she had gone to Legacy Place and loved the chocolate she sampled at Chocolate Therapy. The next day, she received emails from people who had heard her talk about the shop.
“You really reach people much quicker,” she said.
In the past six months, she has met George Hamilton and Vanna White and attended a dinner for veterans on the USS Constitution. When Jim Koch of Samuel Adams Brewery brought beer to the show during his visit, she thought, “This is an interesting way to spend a morning!”
She was the winner of the show’s Dancing with the WROR Stars and donated the $500 prize to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.
Beckham Falcone described her colleagues as people who are exactly the way they seem on the show.
“I feel like Dorothy,” she said. “I have a specific reason I love each one. They’re just such a part of Boston. I feel like it’s an audio yellow brick road. It’s an amazing gift.”
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