A great lover of music and people, Simon grew up in Zimbabwe, where music ‘flows in the blood’ and he has always been passionate about it.
Simon says: “Sadly I am not a musician and can’t sing in tune (I can’t even talk in tune!) – As such my contribution to music has always been producing, managing, and recording. I can also play the drums (after a fashion!) and am a reasonably good percussionist.”
Simon’s day job as a business software designer / writer / marketer demands a high level of people and communication skills. He finds this easy as “I love speaking with clients at all levels in businesses and analysing and resolving their problems! I think it is this background that has helped me to take the About You show to where it is.”
Although Simon really loves presenting 2 shows on Source FM, his real passion is in production and event organisation. It is this passion, mixed with his love of local music, musicians, theatre and performance which has inspired him, together with Jules Kay and the Source FM team to drive the Parklive event forward. This is an event that Source are putting on with the town on the last Sunday of each of the summer months, April to September. It showcases local musicians and performers, it’s held in Kimberly Park and free to all of our community!
“I also love reporting on community events and do so regularly for Nick Dent (now sadly moved on) and Andy Coote.
Another passion is to take the Source out into the community, and as such, I am often seen out producing and sometimes presenting Source outside broadcasts. Our record live transmission was 10.5 hours from the Haiti benefit concert at the Princess Pavilions. We currently support and broadcast from a few regular events such as the Shanty Festival.”
He loves meeting both new talent and keeping up to date with local artist. He either invites them to come in and play live on his show, or pre-records them at his studio in Penryn (Studio-35 productions http://www.studio-35.com/) and plays them later on air.
He also makes a lot of videos for local artists as well as all the Parklive audio / visual promotions. You can see them here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBTtHSqXLhdMWZ3u8C4EdgQ
Simon feels privileged to be the representative to the members of Source on the board.
Programmes featuring Simon Neild
I don't know how I found you, but I'm so happy I did. I listen to 96.1 online constantly. Love the variety of music and all the presenters. I'm in Eureka California and have been able to visit Cornwall once. I left my heart there and want desparately to return. Until then, at least I can listen in. Cheers!Susan
Source FM has taught me so much about myself and brought out the creative side of me and I am so grateful for this it is a major release for me and playing my favorite dance tunes is also another release and I hope a release for the listener and they come aboard with me and other presenters too. The source has given me opportunities I would never of dreamt of and all those experiences have I think made me more rounded and good for character building. I am proud of myself, it's a personal conquest and don't know where I would be without some sort of involvement in radio it has truely been the making of me.Tash Berks
Presenting Sports Hour on Source FM was fun, exciting and, being 5.00 on Fridays, was the perfect start to my weekend. I'm sure anybody could do it but it mades me feel like I'd really achieved something - something different to what other people are doing for my own fun and for the local community.Kim Conchie