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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.