Simon Young Biography – Simon Young Wiki
Simon Young (born Thomas Anthony Meade) was a former Irish radio and television presenter with RTE 2fm. He was best known for his work in the 1980s and 1990s on RTE television and radio, presenting shows such as The Beatbox and for appearances on Dempsey’s Den hosted by Ian Dempsey.
The DJ, whose real name was Thomas Meade, started his career in pirate radio and DJing in the 1970s. He had radio shows on 2FM and presented various TV shows such as The Beatbox. In the late 1980s, he presented shows titled Simon’s Choice or Simon’s Saturday Choice on Saturday mornings between 10:00-13:00pm.
He also made regular substitute appearances for Dempsey when both worked at RTÉ, and these appearances extended as far as the children’s television favourite Dempsey’s Den. Young, originally from Glasnevin, Dublin, left 2FM in 2002 and was living in Washington DC in the United States.
Simon Young Age
He died on 31st October 2021. He was 70 years old.
Simon Young Wife
Who was Simon Young’s wife? It is unclear whether he was ever married or had any children.
Simon Young Death
Former RTE 2FM DJ Simon Young passed away at the age of 70, Radiowaves FM confirmed on Twitter. Radiowaves FM wrote: “Another radio legend has left us. Simon Young, a veteran of Irish radio from the 70s pirates through to his years with the national broadcaster passed away today. R.I.P. to him and condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Tributes have been paid to former RTE radio DJ and television host Simon Young. Dan Healy, the head of RTÉ 2FM, said: “Simon Young was one of the biggest names on 2FM in the station’s early years. He was a great radio professional and a favourite among Irish audiences. We are deeply saddened to hear of his passing. We send our sincere condolences to his family, friends and former colleagues. May he rest in peace.”
Today FM presenter Ian Dempsey tweeted: “Extremely sad news about Thomas Anthony Meade AKA Simon Young RIP — a naturally deep thinking soul loving funny friend …”
The Today FM star also paid tribute to the former RTE 2fm DJ in an interview on RTÉ Radio One’s Ray D’Arcy Show. He said via The Irish Sun: “It’s so sad but Simon is the last person that would want us all to be morose about everything. I think it’s great to celebrate a fantastic talent and really warm guy and very, very funny man and also very deep thinking. I mean the conversations I had with Simon down through the years were just bizarre and he knew about everything. He was a big documentary fan and he used to always be coming out with all this information that you would never think of.”
He also spoke about the first time they met. He said: “I was in there first I joined 2fm in 1980 and I think it was ’81 or’ 82 when he joined us and we immediately hit it off just with one conversation. Leaving the radio station that day and saying to myself there’s something there.”
The Today FM presenter also spoke about the health condition of Simon Young and their last moments before his death. He said: “About a month ago on the phone, always on the phone for the last few years because I don’t know whether he was uncomfortable about the fact he had put on a huge amount of weight due to medications and he also had a lot of water retention.
“He found it difficult enough to get around, he wasn’t able to drive he was on one of those mobility scooter things. So it was always on the phone and they were always long phone calls. My kids and my wife if they came in and I was on the phone they would say, Is it Simon?’ and he was there for about an hour and a half but he was a sharp as a knife.”
Derek O’Brien posted: “He bought much humour into many lives – Simon was a very talented Jock with an exceptional love of dance music. Forever with a twinkle in his eye and finding a joke to liven up any room he walked into. I’ve many wonderful memories of our decade on Ian’s breakfast show on 2FM.
“His kindness to everyone in a business that can at the best of times by ruthless. Rest in Peace Simon, one story comes to mind as I reminisce of time we spent as friends – Simon from an early age, had ambitions to work for the National Broadcast.
“He told me ‘having a relation already in there is a help, yes you need a bit of talent, but look at the RTE guide – there’s the answer’. Simon said it’s a moustache, every DJ in 2FM has a moustache- Simon grew a red moustache and got a job on 2FM.”
Double Z Creative tweeted: “We’re in shock today at the news of Simon Young’s passing. He was such a brilliant part of #TheDen family with his music slot and as one of The Den Dad’s – always there to take over manning the madness for Iano or Ray with a laugh, a smile and always a joke!”
John Creedon, a veteran broadcaster with RTÉ Radio, said: “Very sorry to hear of Simon Young’s passing. Always a friendly presence around the radio centre, we shared several mischievous moments on @RTE2fm & TV sketches in the 80s & 90s. So sorry he had to endure so much. Rest in peace Simon.”
RTE broadcaster Rick O’Shea said: “I arrived in @RTE2fm a bit too late to have worked with the late Simon Young but god, he was a constant presence on the radio and TV when I was a kid and one of the voices that shaped music radio here in the 80s and 90s. My thoughts are with his family.”
Simon Young Cause of Death
His cause of death was not revealed.
Simon Young Illness
In an interview with Hot Press magazine in 2011, he spoke about his struggle with depression and how his attitude towards mental health had changed. He said: “While I was in hospital my weight ballooned up to 28 stone… so at one point they had to operate on me to drain the fluid. There were several times when it looked like it was all over for me. I had some kind of seizure too, and it was so severe that it took four female nurses and three male nurses to hold me down. The priest was called three times and I was actually given the last rites during one of his visits.”
In an interview on RTÉ Radio 1’s The John Murray Show, he said that he had spent half of the previous nine years in hospital with various illnesses.