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


Arts & Culture
3:05 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Concert Preview: Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, March 7, 2015

Jan Simon talks with Lafayette Symphony Music Director Nick Palmer about this weekend's Keller Concert, featuring winners of the orchestra's 40th Annual Keller Competition. Tickets are available at LafayetteSymphony.org and 765.742.6463.

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Arts & Culture
11:02 am
Wed February 4, 2015

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Cinematheque for All

WBAA's Jan Simon talks to Steve Lincoln, host and organizer of  Cinematheque for All, a local weekly series of independent film screenings.

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Arts & Culture
1:18 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

Credit courtesy Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

Jan Simon talks to several members of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, including the museum’s Executive Director Kendall Smith, about the history of the museum and upcoming exhibits.

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Arts & Culture
1:44 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Concert Preview: Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, October 11, 2014

Credit LSO website

The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and Kentucky Opera team up for a classic Verdi opera Saturday evening at the Long Center.

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Arts & Culture
9:02 am
Wed October 1, 2014

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Black Cultural Center

Jan Simon talks to Renee Thomas, Director of Purdue’s Black Cultural Center, and Bill Caise, Assistant Director, about upcoming programs and events.

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