Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Now That's What I Call Johnny' - tribute show for late 98fm radio presenter Johnny Lyons to feature interviews with Mick McCarthy and Robbie Keane

Published 21/08/2015 | 12:50

98FM's sports editor Johnny Lyons died at his Dublin home
98FM's sports editor Johnny Lyons died at his Dublin home

A special tribute show will be aired on 98FM today in memory of the late radio presenter Johnny Lyons.

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The show - aptly named 'Now That's What I Call Johnny' - will be presented by long-running colleagues and friends of the popular host, Jamie Moore and Stephen (Stevo) Doyle.

Running from 9am until 12pm, the show will feature interviews with guests who have been on Johnny's much-loved sports show 'Now That's What I Call Sport' over the years.

All the Communicorp stations will be playing Prince 'Purple Rain' after the 12 noon news bulletins tomorrow.

Johnny was a big Prince fan, and had been to his last Irish gig in Malahide.

Guests who will be live in studio include Humphrey Kelleher and Charlie Redmond, who were regular guests on the show for hurling and football.

Former Ireland manager Brian Kerr, Mick McCarthy, boxing star Katie Taylor, LA Galaxy star Robbie Keane and former rugby players Shane Byrne and Malcolm O'Kelly will also join in the laughter and the tears as they remember with fondness Johnny's best interviews and funniest moments.

"Friends, colleagues and former guests on the show that Johnny called 'his baby' will look back with some laughs, some tears and some stories they probably shouldn't really be telling on the radio to remember one of the most unique people we've ever met," Jamie told independent.ie.

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A number of the League of Ireland managers who Johnny has interviewed over the years and Ireland international ladies manager Sue Ronan will feature on the show via phone.

The much-loved presenter was found dead in his home on Wednesday evening.

Heartbroken staff at 98FM have been recording their best memories of Johnny in studio this week - and these will be played at points throughout the three hour long weekend show.

Close friends, former 98FM News Editor Teena Gates and the station's racing and golf presenter Denis Kirwan will join other ex work colleagues who will share their happy memories of Johnny.

An avid rock music fan, Jamie and Stephen will also be playing some of his favourite tracks from bands such as AC/DC and Prince.

Management at 98fm released a statement earlier this week describing the presenter as the "backbone" of their sports team at the station.

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"The Directors, management and all the staff at 98FM are heartbroken at the death of our dear colleague and great friend Johnny Lyons," it read.

"Johnny died suddenly and peacefully at his home in Dublin. Johnny has been the backbone of our sports team for over 20 years.

"His distinctive voice and his passion for soccer defined Johnny for so many of his listeners.

"He was a talented presenter with a deep knowledge and love of sport and his Sunday morning programme ‘Now that’s What I Call Sport’ was a weekly date for so many Dubliners."

Last Thursday, 98FM ran a three minute audio homage to Johnny which featured his well-known catchphrase 'I'm Johnny Lyons', snippets from his many guest interviews, and calls and texts sent in by fans of the show.

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