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Michael Lyon

Underwriting Specialist

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

Albert Varas

Destino, or destiny in Spanish, aptly describes the Latino Center of the Midland’s role in positively impacting the destiny and future of Omaha's Latino community. LCM's annual Destino Dinner raises funds in support of opportunities for youth, adults and families to find their path to a better destiny.  Executive Director Albert Varas talks about the upcoming event and the mission of the organization.

100 People
Watie White

Omaha artist Watie White talks about his newest public projects, Lead Stories and 100 People.  You can learn more about the projects and the artist at watiewhite.com.

With the Independence Day holiday nearing, the Omaha Police Department have issued a reminder about Omaha’s fireworks ordinance.

Consumer fireworks may be discharged in Omaha from June 25th through July 4th between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. by those 16 years or older. The ordinance also covers dates in December. Minors, 12-15 years old, may set off fireworks if supervised by an adult.

Celebratory gunfire is illegal within the city limits. Any bullet discharged into the sky must land somewhere, and poses significant risk of injury or death.

River City Mixed Chorus

An inspirational mother and guest artists join the The River City Mixed Chorus this Saturday evening for a powerful and personal performance. Along with great songs of hope, Measure of a Life will feature the Nebraska premiere of Tyler's Suite, the moving musical story of Tyler Clementi, a talented young gay musician who died by suicide in 2010 after being bullied by his college roommate. Joining the RCMC on stage for this special performance will be Jane Clementi, Tyler's mother.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Holland Performing Arts Center

Ten arrests were made yesterday (Thursday) by the FBI’s Greater Omaha Safe Streets Task Force. This was the culmination of a year-long operation targeting narcotics and weapon trafficking by an Omaha gang.  Four arrests were made in early May as part of the operation.

The FBI’s Greater Omaha Safe Streets Task Force includes the Omaha Police Department, Bellevue Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff, La Vista Police Department, Council Bluffs Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, and DEA.

Omaha Gives!, a 24-hour online giving challenge, came to a close at midnight last night, ending another successful event for the organizer and the local nonprofits who will benefit.

The Woodmen Tower will be lit up in black and white "zebra" stripes tonight (Monday) for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Awareness Month, which takes place in May.

Beehive Reunion

Jan 30, 2017
PERFORMING ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE

Omaha's longest running musical show is back for a 25-year reunion February 3 through 26 at Omaha's Performing Artists Repertory Theatre.  It features six artists who were in the original show. One of those members, Tiffany White-Welchen, talks about the show.

More information is available at PerformingArtistsRepertoryTheatre.org.

Tickets may be purchased by phone at 402-706-0778.

50 Years of "Doc"

Nov 30, 2016
Omaha Zoo Foundation

Dr. Lee "Doc" Simmons Simmons started working at the then-named Henry Doorly Zoo in 1966 as a resident veterinarian, becoming the Zoo's director in 1970. He retired from that position in 2009 and serves today as chairman of the Omaha Zoo Foundation. In a conversation with Michael Lyon, he looks back at the last 50 years.

Nature writer Gary Ferguson's latest book,  The Carry Home offers a powerful glimpse into how the natural world can be a critical prompt for moving through cycles of immeasurable grief, how bereavement can turn to wonder, and how one man rediscovered himself in the process of saying goodbye.

Gary Ferguson comes to Countryside Community Church’s Center for Faith Studies tonight at 7pm for a meditation on wilderness, conservation, and grief.   You can find more information at www.centerforfaithstudies.org.

Paul Landow joined KIOS this morning for discussion of the election results and what comes next.  

Dr. Landow holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and concentrates his teaching and research on the politics of Omaha and Nebraska. He has worked at every level of government, including as executive director of a state political party, as an aide to a Member of Congress, and from 2001-08 as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Omaha.

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.

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