Michael Lyon is a native of great Britain who immigrated to the United States in 1981. His business background is in banking. Michael was a vice president for the lending division of the nation's largest thrift, involved in residential real estate operations, mergers and acquisitions. As the bank's Director of Fair Lending he oversaw the implementation of a $70 million community reinvestment commitment.
Michael met his wife , Kristin, an Omaha native, in Los Angeles and they moved to Omaha in 2000, along with their son, Max. Initially, after the move, Michael became involved with real estate consulting, investment and sales with over $33 million of inventory sold. But his love for public radio led him into programming and hosting a Sunday morning classical music program from 2000 to 2003 and a natural segue into hosting at KIOS-FM, as local anchor for NPR’s Morning Edition from 2005—2017.
Pursuing his passion for music has been an important part of Michael's life. Originally, a classically-trained singer he later turned his talents to jazz and big band music, becoming one of the Midwest's most in-demand vocalists.
Moving into development and underwriting from hosting was another natural step for Michael. He says his years in the morning anchor's seat and several hundred interviews during that time with area nonprofits have given him an unparalleled appreciation for the Omaha community. Michael's aim is to maintain that community connection and work with nonprofit and for profit partners to help establish and support their success through sponsorships on KIOS.
For more information about underwriting on KIOS, go to www.kios.org/underwriting.