About John

  Pictured: John Simons, Elvis Duran, Dennis Clark

Pictured: John Simons, Elvis Duran, Dennis Clark

My career in radio began as a presenter over 35 years ago working in commercial and BBC local radio. From there I moved to be a “Player Manager” as PD and afternoon jock on the first wave of regional commercial stations at Century Radio.

The draw of National Radio was too strong and I left my “On Air” role behind and moved to London to be the PD of national station Talk Radio. Then onto LBC, and finally BBC Radio 2 for my tour of duty in London that lasted 3 years.

This gave me a unique qualification as one of the only UK based PD’s who had worked in Local and National, Commercial and BBC, with Music and Speech experience

The excitement of setting up a brand new Group of Stations for GMG came knocking in 2000. From a standing start to 14 stations across

the whole of the UK took up that decade, and after 13 years GMG sold out and I started Consulting again, which has been an incredible adventure that has taken me right around the world.

 
 

Career Highlights

Fellow of The Radio Academy 2006

Voted Sony Programmer of the Year 2004

Trustee of The Radio Academy 1999


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GMG Radio

2000 – 2013
Group Programme Director

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bbc radio 2

1999 - 2000
Consultant on Music Policy

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LBC AM & FM

1998 - 1999

Programme Director

 


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TALK RADIO UK

1997 - 1998
Programme Director

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Century radio

1994 - 1997
Programme Director/Presenter

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BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM

1987 – 1994
Senior Producer/Presenter
 


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RADIO TEES

1979 – 1986
Head of Music/Presenter