Hire the very best people and let them do their job: Lee Simon talks to Craig Bruce

Last weekend Lee Simon was inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame.

This weekend he will be speaking to Craig Bruce on Radio GameChangers, where he will reveal some of the stories from his 47 years in radio.
Lee Simon started his radio career at 3AW in 1971 before moving to 3XY and later was instrumental in launching Australia’s first commercial FM station, EON FM in 1980, as both an on-air presenter and program director.  The station later became Triple M Melbourne.

In the 70s and 80s, Simon hosted the ground-breaking adult TV rock program, Nightmoves.  More recently he was presenter of Triple M’s Rock of Ages program.  Throughout his career, he has interviewed countless musicians including Debbie Harry, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and Led Zeppelin.  Read more here in our earlier report.
Lee Simon hired a young 18 year old Craig Bruce to do nights in Port Augusta, many years ago. Now the story goes full circle as Craig interviews Lee for his latest podcast.

In the podcast, Lee Simon will reveal the story of the pop group that snorted cocaine on national television and how Molly Meldrum avoided the problem of not being a morning person, by partying all night and not going to sleep.”Breakfast was late late late night for him…”

Eon FM was filled with many amazing characters, including Captain Carl. “Carl referred to himself in the third person, it was a genuine other on air persona… He never made a whole lot of sense on air but somehow it worked… it was all about the vibe.”

On finding great on air talent, he tells Craig Bruce: “You hire the very best people you possibly can, surround yourself with those people, back your own judgement, back them and let them do their job.”

In 2011 radioinfo interviewed Lee Simon about his career to that time. Read that report here, and listen out for the release of this week’s episode of Game Changers here.


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