Radio personality Rik de Lisle on being the “last man standing” and how he got into radio


“I was an only child,” said Rik de Lisle, an American radio presenter who has been in broadcast since 1976. “My brothers and sisters were the radio.”

De Lisle enlisted in the Army when he was 17 and became famous during the Cold War for his on air personality on the airwaves for the U.S. Armed Forces Radio station, AFN.

“Berlin was edgy, because of the wall around it, because of the things that were going on,” said de Lisle. “And it was the place where I felt the most at home.”

Monika Müller-Kroll talks with de Lisle about how he got into radio, what it was like living in Berlin during the Cold War, and why he jokes he is the “last man standing.”

Photo courtesy Rik de Lisle