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Michael Lyon

Development Director

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.

Ways to Connect

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.

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