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

Ways To Connect

Jan Simon talks with Steve Koehler, Managing Director of Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette, who previews the upcoming season and offers a look at the theater’s learning opportunities for children.

Jan Simon talks with two guests from the West Lafayette Musicale about its 100-year history and ongoing mission to support young musicians.

Jan Simon talks with Larry Paarlberg, Executive Director of the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum about the author of Ben Hur, upcoming events, and the restoration of the Study and Museum.

The 42nd Annual Round the Fountain Art Fair takes place Saturday, May 23rd from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Courthouse Square in downtown Lafayette. Keith Austin, who sits on the committee for the art fair, recently talked to WBAA’s Jan Simon about the event.

The Bach Chorale Singers will present their 50th Anniversary Finale concert Saturday evening at 7:30 at St. Boniface Church in Downtown Lafayette. The Bach Chorale’s Artistic Director Michelle Louer recently sat down with WBAA's Jan Simon to talk about the concert.

The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Long Center.  The program, “Noche Latina”, features pianist Greg Kostraba in Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Manuel de Falla.  WBAA’s Jan Simon talks with the evening’s guest conductor David Handel.

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Jan Simon talks with Flo Caddell (kuh-DELL), Executive Director of the Haan Mansion Museum and founding board member Ellie (ELL-ee) Haan (HAHN), about the museum’s history, collections and upcoming events.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.