The pair instigated the live broadcasting of local footy with the Ovens and Murray match of the day being broadcast live since round one 2011.
The concept came about after broadcasting the 2010 Tallangatta and Hume Football League grand finals for the first time to go with the Ovens and Murray Football Leave grand finals that 2AY had done for many years.
The coverage has also included Tallangatta, Hume, Albury Wodonga Junior and AFL Women’s Football League grand finals.
A large majority of other ACE Radio Network stations now also cover local football following in the footsteps of the pioneers at 1494 2AY.
Simon himself was an exceptionally talented footballer winning two Tallangatta FL Barton Medals for best and fairest in the league. He was also a premiership captain at Yackandandah in 2000.
His outgoing and friendly nature made him popular on and off the field and it is a trait that made him an extraordinarily successful in his off air role as salesperson for ACE Radio.
A wonderful team orientated, and conscientious employee Simon will be missed by all who have worked and played with him.
His partner in crime Robbie Mackinlay said he will be missed
“Simon and I had a great relationship that built and built to the point where he thought he knew what I was going to do, and I had no idea what he was going to do!”
“Some of the things we encountered on and off air during our time were both outrageous and hilarious – the show always went on somehow”
“His mantra all the way along was to be positive and respectful of players and clubs that we broadcast – this built great mutual respect”
“One of the most trustworthy and loyal people I have met, and he did with a smile and a millionlaughs – a great mate “Mackinlay said.