Jan Simon

Morning Classics Host and Producer

It all started with a little black box.  When I was 11 or 12 I got a little plastic tabletop radio for Christmas.  Nothing could tear me away from that thing.  I listened to everything - polka music, classical, Top 40, big bands, Met Opera, ethnic shows, etc.  Stayed up for all hours at night bringing in distant stations.  But radio personalities and their distinctive voices intrigued me the most.  To this day I can recall the names of long departed radio DJ’s and the specific stations they worked for.  I hosted the first radio broadcast at my high school, transported large stacks of classical discs from home each week for radio shows at college, and dreamed of being one of those voices.  Well, despite a few detours and temporary setbacks along the way, my dream came true!   

I’ve been a classical music host in Seattle, Los Angeles and on satellite radio.  I did news in Tacoma and Las Vegas.  Along the way there were a couple of gigs hosting standards and jazz.  I loved every moment of it and I still do.

That little black box is long gone, but nowadays I enjoy listening to stations on the internet in far off corners of the globe on my little black laptop; the more rustic and remote the better, and there are thousands to choose from.  I guess I’ll always be a hopeless radio fanatic!  

Jan Simon hosts classical music on WBAA 101.3 FM weekdays 8 a.m. to Noon


WBAA Arts Spotlight
2:57 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

WBAA Arts Spotlight: 'Round the Fountain Art Fair

The season’s major juried arts event, the Round the Fountain Art Fair takes place on the grounds of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse on Saturday, May 24th.

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Arts & Culture
11:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Lafayette Chamber Singers 5/3 Concert Preview

The Lafayette Chamber Singers will present their Spring Concert Saturday evening. May 3rd at 8 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, West Lafayette.  Artistic Director Clayton Lein previews the program.

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Bach Chorale Singers April 12th concert preview

Jan Simon talks to Michelle Louer, Artistic Director of the Bach Chorale Singers about their “Meditiations on Holy Week” concert Saturday night at 8 at St. Boniface Catholic Church.

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Arts & Culture
1:49 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Lafayette Symphony/Black Voices of Inspiration 4/5 concert preview

WBAA's Jan Simon talks with Sara Mummey, Executive Director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, and Twana Harris of Purdue’s Black Voices of Inspiration about Saturday evening’s “Gospel Meets Symphony” concert at the Long Center.

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Arts & Culture
8:44 am
Wed March 5, 2014

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Purdue Galleries

WBAA’s Jan Simon talks with Craig Martin, Director of Purdue Galleries, about the new Fountain Gallery in downtown Lafayette and two new Spring Exhibits.

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Arts & Culture
4:40 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Film: Following the Ninth - In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony

Director Kerry Candaele talks about his documentary film “Following the Ninth – In the Steps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony”.

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Arts & Culture
4:42 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Following the Ninth - In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony

A screening of the film “Following the Ninth – In the Steps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony" takes place Friday night (2/7) in Fowler Hall at Purdue’s Stewart Center.

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Lafayette Symphony Orchestra Lollipop Concert preview 1/31

The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performs it’s annual “Lollipop Family Concert Friday night at the Long Center.

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Arts & Culture
5:02 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Lafayette Chamber Singers Valentines Delight preview

The Lafayette Chamber Singers will present their annual Valentines Afternoon Delight concert on Sunday, February 9th at Duncan Hall.

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Arts & Culture
11:55 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Lafayette Ballet Company: The Nutcracker

Lafayette Ballet Company presents 3 performances of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” this weekend (January 4-5, 2014) at the Long Center.

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