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There’s a Philosopher in Each of Us Proven by Irish-American Keith Lyons, KBNP, Portland, Oregon!

Broadcast travel expert Stephanie Abrams at Giant’s Causeway, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

I’ve known Keith Lyons for more than a decade now. . . almost 2 decades I think!

He is the Chief-Cook-and-Bottle-Washer at KBNP, The Money Station, AM 1410 in Portland, Oregon.

His station has been one of our affiliates from the earliest arrival on the scene of Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams which was then syndicated by BusinessTalkRadio Network where we debuted on July 7, 2002. During that time period, Keith ran our show for years and then moved over, about 6 years ago, to carry Travelers411, the show we started on September 17, 2005. We start our 18th year on radio with the first show on the first Sunday in July and the 15th year on the air with Travelers411 the third Saturday in September this year.  A few weeks ago, we welcomed the KBNP audience back to Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams.

No matter the syndicator or syndicator changes, like many of our affiliate radio stations, the general manger, owner, program director of many have become friends I’ve never met. Staff members have moved from one station to another and from one state to another and have managed to keep in touch with me, like Greg Cooper whom I met when he worked at WWNN in Florida, moved on to Atlanta and is now in NYC still keeping in touch with me!

In Keith’s case, we’ve had long, philosophic conversations about the state of radio, the state of the States, and the state of the world as well as my getting updates on his children and their children as he became a grandfather as life moves along. I remember when his grandchild, Braithe, was born and I got my education that, in Irish, that means “Freckled Girl” and I had the added joy, while in Ireland, of shopping for “baby things” for Braithe, some of which I bought in Brown Thomas, the big department story on Grafton Street in Dublin, always a fun experience for the shopper who lives within us all, and some came from the darling gift shop at the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. Even today, years later, I have the lovely thank you note that Keith’s daughter sent on behalf of Braithe, who, while already reading Scientific American and Cosmo in her crib, didn’t quite have the motor skills necessary to pen her own thank-you reply.

I’m not unaccustomed to receiving “love notes” with good ideas, suggestions of show topics, names of people and places he’s aware  of that he thinks I should know about and other prompts and reminders from Keith Lyons on a regular basis but today I received three lines that must be original to him that I’d like to share with you. Perhaps it’s the beginning of an invitation to join a merry band of people in my radio, and now TV, audiences to form a small, congenial group with Keith and KBNP  listeners at the nucleus, to take a trip to Ireland with me that will include the best kept secrets of Ireland that you won’t find in the average guide book or on the itinerary of tour operators who sell trips to Ireland; an itinerary that includes visits with some of the most incredible singers, dancers, artists, musicians, golfers, political leaders, tourism leaders, writers, storytellers and people steeped in knowledge of Irish local history. . . and a leprechaun or two; a unique journey you won’t  find anywhere else. . . and I’ll come along to guide along the route! If you’d like to join such a group, drop me a line at and let me know what months work best for you and how long you can afford to be away before you’ll be unbearably missed.

So here are the thoughts that Mr. Keith Lyons: Philosopher shared with me. . . and now I share them with you:

If something good happens…travel to celebrate.

If something bad happens…travel to forget.

If nothing happens…travel to Ireland to make something memorable happen.

Keith Lyons

KBNP Radio

Now that’s truly worth pondering. . . .

--Gotta Fly Now!sm
Your Personal Travel Expert
Nationally syndiated radio show host
Stephanie Abrams

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