Simon Tate

Simon’s interest in music and radio was fired up from a young age by his two older brothers, who were avid fans of Radio Caroline North. So much so, that his dad took them out to see the good ship Caroline on his little yacht in 1967. He still has a photo of a can of beer with a request wrapped round it, being caught by Tony Prince and duly played, minutes later, by Bob Stewart for Simon’s 11th Birthday.
11 years later, Simon was invited by Tony Prince to visit the famous London HQ of 208 in Hertford Street to be one of Tony’s “Celebrity DJs” – and record a programme, which was his first ever radio show – going out on July 30th 1978.
Since then, Simon worked at several commercial stations including Radio Victory, Radio City, and Rock FM, before being appointed Programme Director for the launch of Blackpool’s Radio Wave in 1992, where he spent many happy years.
In 1983, whilst at Radio City, he was delighted to find his show voted into the Smash Hits Readers Poll Top 20 Radio Shows – of which Mike Read was No.1.
In 2018 – Simon is looking forward immensely to showcasing some seriously good music in Tate’s Gallery – which airs on UDJ at  11 am on Saturdays and 11 pm on Sundays.



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