Whether you know him as a program producer, TV presenter, advertising consultant, music producer, DJ, MC, Musician, imaginative architect, voice over artist, journalist or on air presenter at Jacaranda FM, there’s no doubt that Barney Simon, after more than 25 years in broadcasting, is an absolute legend!
Barney makes sure that the 2nd half of your workday is packed to the brim with good music, all the news you need to know and plenty of fun and laughs with the 2nd session of the Jacaranda FM Workzone, weekdays between 1 and 4pm.
He also presents Closet Classics on Sundays between 10am and 12 noon - bringing you a mix of the best classic rock songs from the 70’s, 80s and 90s that stood the test of time. This includes hits from Bad Company, David Bowie, Deep Purple, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Cure, U2, the Clash, Spandau Ballet, Journey, Foreigner, the Doors and AC/DC!
Barney started his career with Radio 5 as a producer in his late teens. He was an upstart musician, looking for a way into the entertainment industry and found his gap at the national broadcaster as a producer for Malcolm Russell, Rafe Lavine, Martin Bailie, Kevin Savage and David Gresham.
His career blossomed into many different areas including The Shadow Show with Keith Lindsay (The Terrible Twins). Besides holding his own radio show for twenty one years on 5FM promoting rock music, South African bands, events and happenings and new demos, he was hard at work doing whatever he could to bolster the music and entertainment industry.
Barney has deejayed over 3 500 times at various nightclubs around the country, he has MC’d and hosted over 600 different events from festivals to concerts to “Battle of the Bands”, he has been a judge on over 30 different competitive events, compiled over 100 CD’s promoting rock and South African music, he has initiated over 5 different radio program series and has hosted over 4 different television series. He has introduced and interviewed some of the biggest bands in the world including Iron Maiden, Violent Femmes, R.E.M., Live, Depeche Mode, Seether, Entombed, Skunk Anansie, Placebo, The Mission, Cypress Hill, Bush, The Offspring, Smashing Pumpkins, Linkin Park, Danko Jones, New Model Army, Sepultura, The Haunted, Garbage, Lagwagon and many more.
Barney joined Jacaranda FM in July 2009 and, as expected, he maintains a large fan base and loyal following across both the shows he presents, and all the community and conservation projects he puts his weight behind!
I HATE…Child, woman and animal abuse. The TV show Idols.
My ROOTS: Afrikaans. Born and bred in Johannesburg
My HOBBIES include…Collecting CDs and vinyl, music, music, music and gardening.
My HOME style: Egyptian, Indonesian, African and Indian
My CLOTHING style: Black
My type of MUSIC: Black/death Metal, alternative and classic rock
My type of FOOD: Anything that bleeds
My type of SPORT: Rugby (the Lions) and British football (Everton)
What I READ: Horror, serial killers and music magazines
TV shows I like: The crime and discovery channels, the Simpsons, the A-Team, NASCAR and British football
My top 3 MOVIES of all time: The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction
3 well-known people I would like to have a drink & chat with: Ozzy Osbourne, Richard Branson & Obama
A truly ICONIC person: Nelson Mandela
One thing I would probably beat all the other presenters at…moshing and stage diving
My life philosophy in one sentence: If it’s too loud, you’re too old and don’t take s**t from anybody!
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