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. 

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Event Interviews
10:46 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Omaha Symphony’s New Music Symposium Concert

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.

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Event Interviews
9:37 am
Wed May 30, 2012

IMMUNIZE NEBRASKA Ninth Annual Immunization Conference

 

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Event Interviews
10:31 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Hairspray at the Playhouse

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.

Other Content
11:15 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Baroque Fireworks from the Omaha Symphony

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.

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Event Interviews
8:21 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Bill Cosby comes to Omaha

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.

Event Interviews
9:46 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Nebraska's 3rd Annual Lymphomathon

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.  

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Arts
11:08 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Durham Museum seeking Mindbender Masters

 

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.

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