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Lyons in the Hall

Noted engineer aided NYC broadcast transmission rebirth after 9/11

John Lyons is to be inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame this fall.

The assistant vice president and director of broadcast communications for The Durst Organization, a New York-based real estate management firm and building owner, was instrumental in aiding many New York City broadcasters back onto the air after the destruction of the World Trade Center and its broadcast towers on Sept. 11, 2001. He’s a past recipient of Radio World’s Excellence in Engineering Award as well.

The Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio, was founded in 1982 by C.S. “Doc” Williams as the Radio Hall of Fame. TV was added eight years later.

Lyons said, “It is an honor and a privilege to be inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Broadcasting has been my life’s work and there is no equal than being honored by your peers in your chosen profession.”

Douglas Durst, co-president of The Durst Organization, said, “John 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.”

Lyons has been involved with a number of broadcast industry professional organizations such as the Society of Broadcast Engineers, National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers, National Association of Broadcasters and Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers.

He’s also a member of the board of the Brooklyn Tech (High School) Alumni Foundation, which is in the process of a $21 million fundraiser, believed to be the largest ever for a public high school.