Akron, OH - May 28, 2009 - The Broadcasters Hall of Fame announced that John Lyons of The Durst Organization has been elected into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Class of 2009. The induction ceremony will take place Nov. 8, 2009 in Akron, OH, home of the Hall of Fame.
"Lyons has been instrumental in ensuring that our highly valued tenants, employees and emergency service personal are equipped with the most efficient use of technical hardware and communications services," said Douglas Durst, co-president of The Durst Organization. "He has repeatedly demonstrated his worth and expertise to everyone that he has contact with. John is a consummate professional and a leader in his field. For those of us who know his work and understand his ability, this honor is not a surprise. John is a creative thinker who constantly challenges those around him to innovate and to push the boundaries of broadcasting and communication engineering."
Lyons has played an important part in the return to the air of many New York broadcasters after 9/11. He is a Fellow in the Society of Broadcast Engineers and a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer, and a former member of the SBE board of directors and member of the original certification committee. He is a Master Certified Engineer in RF and non-RF disciplines with the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE), an associate Member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, has been a member of the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Engineering Conference Committee, former president of the Veterans' Hospital Radio and Television Guild (VHRTG), a Licensed New York State Real Estate Broker, and a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the Building Owners and Management Association. He has a Certificate in Property Management from NYU. He is a frequent speaker at National Association of Broadcasters and Society of Broadcast Engineers conventions.
Lyons was the 2006 Society of Broadcast Engineers Broadcast Engineer of the Year. His career spans more than 45 years from WNYE-FM at Brooklyn Technical High School to his current position within The Durst Organization.
The Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Akron, Ohio, was originally founded in October 1982 by C. S. Williams, as the Radio Hall of Fame. The purpose of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame is to memorialize the golden age of broadcasting and to promote furtherance of the art of broadcasting. This encompasses recognizing and honoring those persons who have made notable contributions to the broadcasting industry. To be eligible for induction into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the candidate must have made a significant contribution to the radio or television industry as a performer, station owner, manager, producer or other distinguished personnel.
Inductees include notables such as Edward R. Murrow, Roy Clark, Herb Score, Alan Freed, Liberace, John Aitkenhead, Jack Gritton, Tom Armstrong, William O'Neill, Chris Schenkel, Lawrence Welk and Jean Shepard.