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Michael Lyon

Morning Edition host and Events Calendar Coordinator

Michael Lyon says one of the questions he's asked most frequently is where he’s from. Actually, he's an Englishman, who has lived in the United States for about 30 years.  He describes himself as a vocal hybrid.

"I've always been a natural mimic and have for better or worse been drawn into assuming the speech patterns of the areas I've lived in.  I've even been asked whether English is my first language."

Michael came to Los Angeles in 1981.  He and his family moved to Omaha in 2000.

"My wife, is an Omaha native and when we were considering high school options for our son in 1999, it made sense to consider Omaha."

Michael's background is in business—he was vice president in the lending division of a large national bank—but from the mid-1980's through the late 1990's, he also pursued a career as a professional singer landing a host of leading roles in opera, oratorio and musical theater.  This background led him into radio, as programmer and host of a Sunday morning classical music program.  From there, it was a natural segue into hosting duties at KIOS-FM, as local anchor for NPR’s Morning Edition, every weekday morning for the past five years.

When not on the air, Michael, along with his wife, Kristin, are two of the area's leading Realtors, but he hasn't been able to forgo his musical calling. Always a fan of Big Band and Swing, he ventured into that music several years ago and has become one of the Midwest’s most in-demand performers. 

Ways to Connect

On Saturday, August 13th, Aqua-Africa will host their second annual Aqua-Run in Elmwood Park. All of the proceeds from the race will go towards the installation of a new water system called “Village Supplier,” which will provide clean water for over 5,000 South Sudanese.

Aqua-Africa's Buey Tut talked to Michael Lyon about the run and the challenges faced by families in South Sudan to get clean water.

For more information, go to www.aqua-run.org.

Visions of Nebraska's  varied landscapes are explored by the Artists' Cooperative Gallery during their August exhibition.  The group will hold an opening reception Friday, August 5, from 6pm to 9pm.

Starting more than 40 years ago in space above M's Pub, the Artists' Gallery shows the work of strong professional artists from the region.

The gallery is located at 405 S. 11th St., Omaha.  For more information, their website is www.artistscoopomaha.com.

Artist, Lori Elliott-Bartle, talks about the August exhibition.

Mauro Fiore stopped by the KIOS studios on Thursday to talk about the art of the cinematographer. The Academy Award winner speaks tonight at KANEKO, in conjunction with their Storytelling exhibit. One of the most complex and challenging aspects of filmmaking, cinematography combines the sensibilities of a master painter with the skills of a world class logistics manager.

MAURO FIORE: WRITING WITH LIGHT takes place tonight at 7:00 p.m. at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St., Omaha.

Two leaders in the fight against human trafficking will speak at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) on Monday, July 18. The lecture is set for 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Mammel Hall (6708 Pine Street). A pre-event reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Postal customers will have an easy way to help their neighbors-in-need this Saturday.

The Spring Clean Up program is a joint effort between the City of Omaha, Keep Omaha Beautiful, and over 100 neighborhood associations.

A national leader on Alzheimer’s disease says clinical trials are important to finding new and better treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. 

Omaha Performing Arts 2016/2017 season offers a diverse range of performance options for a wide range of audience tastes.

Prescription opioids can be part of effective pain management but they also have serious risks.

Stuart Chittenden

In a couple of 830 mile long conversations, Stuart Chittenden discovered that not everyone is willing to converse with a stranger, even on fairly simple terms.  From those who would sit and chat with him, Stuart encountered curiosity, empathy, courage and a willing candor.

What is Community?

Nov 18, 2015
Stuart Chittenden

"Is community organic or something that happens to a place? Is it a deliberate intention or almost accidental? What is it about certain towns I visited that gave me a palpable sense of momentum compared with those that seemed uncertain or paralyzed?" Those questions and much more in Stuart Chittenden's latest dispatch.

Stuart Chittenden

Stuart Chittenden's insights on Nebraska's diverse people and how they view themselves and each other. Listen to more reports every Wednesday in November at 8:45 a.m.

Stuart Chittenden

In this first of four reflections on a Couple of 830 Mile Long Conversations, Stuart Chittenden considers our relationship with the land through conversations with Nebraskans across the state. Listen to more reports every Wednesday in November at 8:45 a.m.

While hidden camera shows abound on reality TV, one of the biggest recent hits is “Impractical Jokers” with over two million viewers tuning in every Thursday night.

The Douglas County Health Department has reported the first confirmed case of enterovirus D68 in a Douglas County resident. The patient was a child less than a year old who was hospitalized with coughing and difficulty breathing and later released.

Omaha Community Playhouse

 Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years is a touching, biographical, story that chronicles Bessie and Sadie's Delany’s struggles and triumphs over race and gender challenges. Veteran actors and real-life sisters Camille Metoyer Moten and Lanette Metoyer Moore sat down to give us an inside look at the play and how it parallels their own lives growing up in civil rights-era Omaha.  

The granddaughter of the famed Maria and Baron Von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music, performs a Yuletide concert Friday evening at the Holland Center.

An Omaha-based non-profit is working towards establishing MicroDemocracy and management of natural resources in South Sudan. 

A symposium this Friday in Kearney will cover energy-related education programs and their impact, meeting the needs of low-income energy consumers, and exploring how utilities and consumer outreach organizations can work together to find solutions to the challenges presented by energy costs.

National Bike to School Day celebrates the benefits of daily exercise and safe routes for kids.  It takes place this Wednesday across the state.

Will O'Leary 2005

Peabody-Award-winning journalist and host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, Scott Simon, will be the keynote speaker for Creighton University's Ross Horning Lecture on April 15.

As Alexander Payne returns to the state to film Nebraska, his next movie, a new book by Omaha author-journalist Leo Adam Biga provides a revealing look at the emergence and development of Omaha's favorite film director. Omaha Public Radio's Michael Lyon spoke with Biga about his new book.

United Way of the Midlands has set an ambitious goal to support “The Power of Change,” their fundraising drive over the next two months.  They announced the nearly $23.5 million goal and some special, one-time grants at a kickoff event August 29th.

The Omaha Symphony's New Music Symposium called for scores for original works for chamber orchestra. Four young composers were selected to participate, working with Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-award winning composer William Bolcom and other faculty over the course of three days to refine and rework their original compositions.  You can hear these compositions at a public concert at 7:00 p.m. tonight at Kaneko, 1111 Jones Street, Omaha.

The Omaha Community Playhouse's production of Hairspray is a light-hearted flashback to the 1960's that redefines beauty, as a girl with bigger aspirations becomes the newest local TV star. The Broadway production won 8 Tony awards out of 13 nominations.  Music director, Jim Boggess, talks about the The Playhouse's production, which runs May 25 through June 4.

For more information and tickets, click here.

The Omaha Symphony performs Baroque Fireworks this Saturday. The program includes staples of the Baroque repertoire, including Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Pachelbel's Canon in D, and Handel's Royal Fireworks Music, selections that have almost universal familiarity.

Bill Cosby's career spans five decades and virtually all media, remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly project. Cosby brought his stand-up show to Omaha’s Orpheum Theater last Sunday for a matinee show.  Omaha Public Radio’s Michael Lyon talked to the comedian by phone prior to his visit to Omaha.

Nebraska’s 3rd Lymphomathon 5K walk will be held Saturday, April 28, at  Mahoney State Park.  Proceeds will go to fund research and patient education.  

 

Area students and community volunteers have an opportunity to become “Mindbender Masters” through the Durham Museum’s Good Works Program. 

The program is a service-based initiative that will train participants for the Museum’s summer exhibition, Mindbender Mansion. Volunteers or “Mindbender Masters” will guide visitors through the exhibition, helping them complete brainteasers and challenges.