Lee Simon calls full time on Triple M career

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Melbourne radio royalty Lee Simon has announced his retirement from Triple M this morning.

Lee is affectionately known as the ‘godfather’ of rock and gave 47 years of service to the Australian radio industry, having started out as a high-rating jock first on 3XY.

He was most notably the founding program director of Australia’s first FM station EON FM (later Triple M).

While serving as PD, Lee was instrumental in bringing AFL to FM radio for the first time, and in 2017 celebrated 20 years of Triple M calling the footy.

He was also a key player in forging the careers of the likes of the D-Generation, Richard Stubbs, Jennifer Keyte, Brigitte Duclos, Brian Taylor and a young Eddie McGuire.

Lee made waves as a presenter as well, bringing interviews with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and Led Zeppelin, as well as countless Australian rock acts to Triple M listeners.

“Lee is a legend,” Triple M content director Mike Fitzpatrick told Radio Today.

“To achieve a career as long as his, in such a volatile industry, is almost unheard of.

“He won’t be gone completely though, as we’ll find plenty for him to do on Classic Rock after his much deserved holiday.”

Lee announced the news on The Hot Breakfast this morning.

Triple M also ran a beautiful throwback reel of thank you’s from his colleagues.


Last year Lee answered 10 Questions with Radio Today.

He was also recently named on a list of Australian FM Radio’s most successful programmers of all time by Radio Today.

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Nikole Gunn
21 Sep 2018 - 9:43 am

A living legend of radio, who will be impossible to replace.

Leigh
21 Sep 2018 - 10:15 am

What a legend.

Higgo
21 Sep 2018 - 10:17 am

Straight up legend. A mentor, influence, inspiration, supporter and friend. Like so so many people who have been lucky enough to work alongside Lee, he will be missed from the landscape.

Rob McLennan
21 Sep 2018 - 10:41 am

A living legend and the man who most inspired my decision to work in radio. Lee changed the face of Melbourne radio and we all owe him our gratitude for what he’s done for the industry. All the best Lee.

Rob Kidd
21 Sep 2018 - 10:58 am

What a guy! Thanks for the fun while I was down there Lee!

Frank Wilcox
21 Sep 2018 - 11:09 am

He is an absolute legend, and will be sorely missed.
Thanks for the memories Lee.

Dave Smith
21 Sep 2018 - 11:32 am

Tell Me it’s not true!! Lee Simon retiring from The House Of M’s?
What an incredible career, and what an incredible influence you have had on 100’s of radio people, myself included, Lee would always listen and offer sage advice on my first air checks as a young buck in the bush trying to get back to the city and Triple M. I finally managed to do that and become Content Director there and work alongside Lee, even on air as the 80’s guys for a while. I can’t tell you what an honour and privilege it was. But more importantly Lee was always a gentleman and a bloody top bloke, A true legend of radio anywhere on the planet. Thank You and enjoy your time out Sir.

Jason Sole
21 Sep 2018 - 12:53 pm

Legend. Lee took the time to give me my first aircheck as a shy, pimply-faced 18 year-old work experience kid. Thank you Lee and congratulations on a mammoth contribution to the industry.

Alan
21 Sep 2018 - 2:11 pm

I remember as a kid listening to 3XY on my tranny, Nightmoves as a young adult. The early days of EON FM(Still have a white EON windcheater stashed away somewhere). Triple M still the best FM station. Lee Simon the common Denominator Thankyou sir. Happy Retirement 🙂

AL

Brendan Barnes
21 Sep 2018 - 3:26 pm

Thanks Lee.
Long live rock!

Brett Marley
21 Sep 2018 - 4:21 pm

I have so much Respect for blokes Like Lee who is a survivor… dodged Bullets…..worked new Formats… Dealt with dickheads
Enjoy the other side brother
Brett Marley ‘Marls’ Triple M Hobart

JASON ANDREW TOPPIN
21 Sep 2018 - 5:14 pm

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Brian Smith
23 Sep 2018 - 4:33 pm

Lee, you certainly are an icon of the radio industry, and have entertained millions over the years. good luck for the future.

steve price
25 Sep 2018 - 6:11 am

Happy Days Lee and well done mate, truly a wonderful career, I remember our days as panal ops at 3 DB, with the great John Eden,congrats on an incredible career entertaining so many and making great radio.
Pricey. Triple M Townsville

JAMES MACAULAY
11 Oct 2018 - 8:07 am

I can remember him as a DJ on 2NX Newcastle in the 70’s

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