Starting on Saturday 26th September, Simon Phillips will host both the Saturday and Sunday breakfast show for the UK’s only national jazz, soul and blues radio station, Jazz FM.
The move follows a successful cover stint, plus a slot on the brand’s Soul Weekender event day on the August bank holiday.
Simon joins Jazz FM with a rich background in broadcast radio, having presented shows for Choice FM, Capital FM, Galaxy and Magic, but has always longed to be a Jazz FM presenter playing the music that drives his musical passion.
On joining the station, Simon says: “Joining Jazz FM is a dream come true and a coming of age for me. I’m a huge fan of the station, listening religiously, and now to be a part of the team with broadcasters who were early influences such Chris Philips, Tony Minvielle and Jeff Young is amazing. In terms of my personal journey, this is THE most important stage. I really look forward to being a part of this incredible team into the next 30 years.”
The show will broadcast from 6am – 10am. The final hour on his Sunday show (from 9am) will focus on Simon’s passion of Nu, Neo and Luxury Soul music before he hands over to Jeff Young at 10am. He added “We are at an incredible time for British music and I’m honoured to finally be able to contribute and once again, fly the flag for home grown music and the latest new sounds in an ever-changing musical landscape.”
Jazz FM’s Content Director Nick Pitts said: “As the sun sets on our 30th anniversary year of some amazing content on Jazz FM, it’s great to have such a safe pair of hands take over our Weekend Breakfast show. Simon’s experience in broadcasting and his total passion for our music will mean that our listeners will receive a unique start to their weekends.
“Current Weekend Breakfast show host Chris Gilvear – also our Head of Programmes – will concentrate on a new slot showcasing the new music at midnight on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday called “The Playlist”, alongside his ever growing role in helping me run our truly tremendous radio station.”
Simon will continue to present his daily show on Jazz FM’s sister station Magic Soul.