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Wonderful Story Of How Johnny Lyons Got His Start On Radio

Wonderful Story Of How Johnny Lyons Got His Start On Radio
By Gary Reilly

The shock news that much loved broadcaster, Johnny Lyons, has passed away has unsurprisingly been meet with the kind of tributes that come when you are held in such high regard by those who knew you. There have been plenty of lovely words said but one in particular has stood out.

Paul Howard broke character from his usual Ross O'Carroll Kelly musings to relay some stories of his former colleague and it really does just give a sense of the kind of guy Lyons was away from the microphone.

Howard picked a few of his favourite stories but perhaps the most enjoyable is a rather simple one of how Lyons began his career in radio.

Ringing around for the basketball results is not exactly high up on the totem pole of the media machine and to be able to turn something so run of the mill into a performance that got him noticed takes a very special individual. And, just as a bonus, Howard also relayed the time Lyons got on the wrong side of Mick McCarthy in the run up to one of the biggest games in Irish football history.

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A man who will be missed by those who knew him and by those who just felt like they did as a result of that incredibly distinctive voice.

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