The following remarks by Ron
Lyons' son, Sean — also known on the air as Tom Berlin* — were read
by Carter B. Smith as part of Ron's introduction during the Class of 2007 celebration:
of all, I know my Dad would be totally thrilled to know that his
colleagues and listeners thought so highly of him. Like many people
in radio, Ron Lyons never realized how good he really was until
after his career was over.
Ron Lyons at KNBR (1965)
going through radiation treatments almost a year ago, he would
listen to old airchecks. Some of them included things he had done
with Ron Reynolds, Tom Brown, Carter B. Smith and several others.
After a couple of hours, he turned to his wife Lana and said,
"Wow... I guess I was pretty good after all..."
shit, Ron... we've been trying to tell you that for the last thirty
loved radio. And I think he'd be the first one to tell you what a
great time he had over his 40+ years, in spite of all the
uncertainty of the business. He always wanted radio to mean
something to the listener — to give them a laugh or to let them know
he identified with them. He was a pro, but he always tried to be
"real" on the air.
wasn't just about being on the air for him. And even though he was a
production whiz, I think the best moments for him came through the
people he met, the life-long friends he made and the laughter they
shared. My Dad loved to make people laugh ... mostly with material
that really can't be repeated here.
you to the voters, and a special thank you to the Bay Area Radio
Hall of Fame and Museum. It takes passionate people to keep the
memories and the spirit of radio alive.
Ron Lyons thanks you ... and has a one-liner ready to go.
Upon hearing the news of Ron
Lyons' passing on August 3, 2007, his good friend and colleague Ron
Reynolds wrote the following:
grieve over Ron's passing, but at the same time I celebrate him for
a life well lived. My only regret is he may not have known how
really good he was, and how great he was at everything he did ...
from rock and roll (KEWB), to middle of the road (KNBR), to traffic
and news (KCBS), plus some country western thrown in along the line.
no equals when it came to his production work. He just had a natural
talent for building sound pictures and telling stories. One of his
early projects was a series he called "Bedtime Stories" — mixing and
weaving songs into a theme to make a point or tell a story. One of
his last projects was an NPR documentary and a CD tribute to his
important, he was my loyal friend and supporter through the good
times and the bad times of Bay Area since 1966. We fought in the
trenches together before the bean counters won the war on
creativity. I say this, because Ron would appreciate it. I will miss
* — Ron Lyons was born Ronald Tomberlin.
Special thanks to Ron Lyons and the Lyons family for
biographical information and special materials included in