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Linda Lyon, '68 today [1998]
You might listen to Linda every day on the radio and not realize your old Lancer pal is the one speaking.

Linda was one of the most popular and promising of the 1968 Lancers. Here's her biography from the KPCC radio station website in Pasadena:

Linda Othenin-Girard
Linda Othenin-Girard is senior producer of AirTalk. She started in radio at KPFK in Los Angeles during the late '80's after living for 13 years in Switzerland. She honed her radio skills with Feminist Magazine and working in the KPFK newsroom. After taking classes in radio broadcasting at Pasadena City College Linda did several stints as an on-air music announcer, and in 1992 began producing AirTalk. She hosted KPCC's Talk of the City for two years, leaving the air to become the senior producer of AirTalk in 2001, "the best job in the world." She lives in L.A. with her Swiss husband and her Irish Terrier. Linda has two sons, one at Skidmore College and the other studying Japanese in Berkeley.

We found these great photos of Linda at: http://picasaweb.google.com/ajclosangeles/ACCESSInTheMedia#

"Held at the lovely Beverly Hills home of Judi and Roy Kaufman, 'ACCESS in the Media' was an opportunity to ask the burning questions about the media from journalists and editors representing radio, newspaper, and blogs. Our expert panel included LA Times columnist Joel Stein, LAObserved and Truthdigg blogger Bill Boyarsky, Editor of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles Rob Eshman, Senior Producer of 'Airtalk with Larry Mantle' on KPCC's 89.3FM Linda Othenin-Girard, and GMMB PR Partner Steve Caplan."

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Meanwhile, here's a 1998 interview with Linda:

Linda Othenin-Girard Steps From Behind the Scenes to 'Talk'
By Judith Michaelson
September 10, 1998, Los Angeles Times

Hers is a nice, normal voice on the phone. But hear Linda Othenin-Girard as she hosts "Talk of the City" on KPCC-FM (89.3), and the sound is different. Mellower, more resonant, slower paced but still peppy, a made-for-FM-talk voice.

At 48, she has spent a dozen years in Los Angeles public radio, but not until three weeks ago has she had a regular show on it.

"But I had done some on-air begging for money in fund drives," Othenin-Girard (pronounced Oth-enin) notes lightly, "which one has to do in working for public radio, and a few fill-ins."

On the air Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m., she replaces Larry Marino, who moved to a spruced-up KIEV-AM (870) as host of morning drive. Kitty Felde continues as the Friday host.

As a volunteer at KPFK-FM (90.7) and later at KPCC, Othenin-Girard aspired to an on-air position. Then in 1992, Larry Mantle appointed her his producer on "AirTalk," and she was more than happy in the background. In 1996, when "Talk of the City" was added to KPCC's lineup, she became a producer on that show as well.

Married and the mother of two teenage sons, the low-key host says her assignment came as a shock.

But Mantle, KPCC's program director, who made the appointment along with outgoing general manager Rod Foster, says she's "such a logical choice, given her in-depth knowledge of topical issues and her overall intellect. She is a generalist, which is best suited to a program like this, but she has a particular interest in national and international politics, and also a great interest in science."

Othenin-Girard, who grew up in Palo Alto and Fullerton, graduated from UC Irvine in 1969 with a degree in history, then went abroad to study French at the University of Geneva. She lived in Switzerland for about a dozen years.

There she got a diploma in French studies, met her husband, Alain Othenin-Girard, taught English to scientists and businesspeople, was a partner in a furniture import and retail business, and was active in a movement to support political refugees from Argentina and Chile who had escaped to Europe.

She also discovered the joy of radio. "I was not hearing enough French, so alone in my apartment, I used to turn on the radio. After six months, I started to hear words that I understood, to make sense of the language. They talk all the time on the radio--and I just became obsessed."