Lee Simon calls full time on Triple M career
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.
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.
He was also recently named on a list of Australian FM Radio’s most successful programmers of all time by Radio Today.