Mike Lyons

Mike is working in his 10th season of professional baseball. It is his first year, in this the inaugural season of the Worcester Red Sox following 9 seasons with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Mike joined the Paw Sox following a 40+ year sports broadcasting and sports marketing career. He is a Chicago native who was raised in the shadows of Wrigley Field. Educated at Southern Illinois University, Mike began his broadcasting career at WGN Television in Chicago and moved to Peoria to work as a television and radio sportscaster for WMBD AM-FM-TV.

Mike arrived in Providence in 1976 to become Sports Director at Channel 6, and subsequently worked as a sports anchor and reporter at Channels 12 and 10 in Providence and Channel 7 in Boston. He also broadcast television play-by- play for URI Football and radio play-by-play for Providence College Hockey.

Mike’s sports marketing career in Providence includes several years at both WPRO AM-FM and Sports Radio WEEI-FM. He also worked at both CBS Sports Marketing in Boston and Penn State University, as well as NBC Sports Marketing in Chicago, which at the time was the broadcast home of both the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Mike’s primary responsibilities for the PawSox were in securing corporate and community partnerships. Those sponsorships included the ’Building Baseball’ initiative in partnership with the RI Building Trades, the ‘What’s Rights About Rhode Island’ initiative in partnership with Bryant University, and the ‘In Debt to a Vet’ program in partnership with the RI Fire Chiefs Honor Flight Hub. He continues in that role with the Worcester Red Sox.

Mike’s community commitments include Special Olympics Rhode Island for whom he created the annual Sports Celebrity Carnival. Over more than three decades, the Carnival raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support sports programs that benefit those with intellectual disabilities. Mike has been involved for more than forty years with the Rhode Island Senior Olympics and is currently the Executive Director. This will be his 25th year of organizing and directing the RI Senior Games, which offers men and women over the age of 50 the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of sporting competition.

Mike met his wife Hillary (Holly) while they were undergraduates at Southern Illinois University. They have 3 children; Michelle, Mickey, and Kelly and 3 young Grandsons; Caimin, Kellen and Marcus. They reside in Rumford, Rhode Island.

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