WROR’s Lauren Beckham Falcone talks about going from columnist to radio host on the popular morning drive show
Lauren Beckham Falcone is one of the funniest people I know. I love her sense of humor! Lauren, known to her listeners as LBF, is part of my morning commute to the office every day. She is an integral part of the Morning Show on WROR – FM 105.7 and has been for 6 years. I first met Lauren when she was a reporter and columnist for the Boston Herald. She had a wonderful way of presenting pop news, culture and politics in her columns, which I read almost daily/weekly/monthly for 18 years. Lauren has always said what others are thinking (good or bad), but she does it in a way that is respectful, poignant and funny all at the same time. That is a talent!
Recently I had a chance to catch up with Lauren.
Sheila: When did you make the switch from print to radio?
LBF: I made the switch on a day I’ll never forget – June 20, 2011. It was my daughter Lucy’s 8th birthday. I woke up at 3am, did my first show and came home to throw her a Cinderella-themed birthday party with a cake I made myself. I think it was my most productive day on record.
Sheila: You have a great morning team on WROR . What is like to be the only woman on the show?
LBF: I guess that’s probably what people think and how I’m perceived, but generally I just think of myself another facet of the show. I don’t think of myself as filling a “spot.” My aim has always been to be fun, funny, fairly intelligent (though that’s a stretch) and a good teammate. Plus I smell better than anyone else, according to Hank. And I’m the only one who wears a dress. Wally and I both carry purses.
Sheila: You meet some interesting and famous people on your job. Anyone who really struck a chord with you?
LBF: Comedians are the best. Between the legends (Lenny Clarke, Tony V., etc.) and the new blood, I’m awed at the bravery. Trying to be make people laugh and putting themselves out there to be heckled is not easy. These people are smart, funny and ballsy. The ultimate hat trick.
Sheila: I have to ask you, who came up with funny morning segments, “Men from Maine”?
LBF: Back in the early 90’s newsman Nick Mills used to tell stories from Maine that evolved into “Men from Maine.” The only person more excited I work with these guys than I am is my father, Bruce Beckham, who can recite every “Men From Maine” by heart. He’s a real hit at birthday parties.
LBF: Let’s see. I’m a Scorpio and a middle child. (Jump to your own conclusions.) I’ve been married for 19 years to a New Jersey boy, Dave Falcone, who makes the best damn cocktails in the world. I have a 13-year-old daughter, Lucy, who loves “The Way We Were,” show tunes and restaurants just as much as I do. I used to be a writer for the Boston Herald and I loved it for a very long time. But then I loved radio more. When I was a kid, my inspiration was Charo. She was crazy, fun and always showed up on the Love Boat and Johnny Carson. Yet, I had no idea what she actually did. And I thought: Now that’s the career I want.
Sheila: Finish this sentence: People would be surprised to know that I..
LBF: …am really good at putting Ikea furniture together without swearing.
What Lauren did not tell you is that she is also an incredible singer! Thank you Lauren for putting a smile on so many faces each morning.