Listen to Simon's 500th Breakfast Program below
1. How long have you been at Fine Music 102.5?
For 13 years, since 2003
2. How did you discover Fine Music 102.5?
My parents had always had it as a ‘go to’ station in the car, so it was always a part of my life.
3. Did you start out on the Breakfast program, or did you move in to that time slot from another program?
I started presenting in about September I think, and was lucky enough to have my first Breakfast program just prior to Christmas that same year. Breakfast has been the main gig ever since!
4. Has your alarm ever failed you on a Thursday morning?
Fortunately not!! I actually have always had two alarms – my normal clock radio, plus my phone. Otherwise I think I would never relax enough to go to sleep!
5. If you had your choice of any program time slot, which would it be?
Breakfast!! It’s the best time of the day!!
6. Who are your favourite composers and what is your favourite classical music genre?
I love Vivaldi, Mozart and Chopin. I am particularly partial to the late baroque / early classical eras.
7. If you could only listen to one Opus no. by any composer, which would it be?
That’s a tricky one. I think it would have to be Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. It’s so uplifting. It’s clichéd, but really, there is a reason why music like this is a cliché – it’s because it is so good.
8. Who has been your favourite guest to interview and why?
Definitely Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto. I’ve spoken to him a couple of times now. He’s got a wonderful irreverence, and energy, and he always has something interesting to say. He’ll also whip out his violin and play something in the middle of an interview.
9. What other hobbies and interests do you have outside broadcasting?
I love film and theatre. And I’m a Doctor Who tragic from WAY back.
10. What is the most played song on your iPod?
One Day More, from Les Miserables. Either that or some of the recent Eurovision songs (yes, really). Sweden’s winning song from a couple of years ago, Heroes, is great. I think Eurovision has come a long way in the last decade (and not just because of Australia’s arrival into the field!)