Posted on October 14, 2018 at 2:59 am

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Simone Grewal Pioneer In Broadcast Industry Amidst South Asian Sodality

Simone Grewal Pioneer In Broadcast Industry Amidst South Asian Sodality

Simone Grewal a true pioneer among south Asian women, breaking the glass ceiling in the world of radio. She is a diva, mother, wife, radio broadcaster and the list keep on rolling. Simone Grewal an icon and an inspiration for today’s young generation who started her career 17 years ago. She is a freelance voice-over artist, a public speaker, and emcees at community and charity events. An accomplished broadcaster, writer and producer, Simone has worked at various television and radio stations in Metro Vancouver.

Currently, Simone is middays host on Z95.3 FM as well as the assistant music director. You know when you are born to do something? Well, Simone found herself recording at a very young age. She was not sure if she wanted to be in front of the camera or behind the camera? But Simone had developed an infatuation for music and media at a very young age.

Simone devotes her time toward community service and is a part of the South Asian Division of the Miracle Weekend Committee at BC Children’s Hospital.

How does she manage it all? Let’s hear from Simone in an interview.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a broadcaster who’s been working in the industry for 18 years in both radio and television. Currently, I’m the middays host on Z95.3 FM as well as the assistant music director. I’m also a mom of two wonderful boys Aarav and Arjun and wife to my amazing husband of 11 years Mandip.

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Cheers 🥂 to 11 years. Love you 😘 @mg2480

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I’ve also spent the last 5 years on the South Asian Division of the Miracle Weekend Committee at BC Children’s Hospital and also am a program advisor for the BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment Program.

You have been in the broadcast industry for a quite a long time. What made you choose this as a career many years ago?
This has been the dream from the beginning. As a kid I often found myself recording radio shows on my cassette player and always told my parents I would be on the radio or tv one day.

You are a female who also come from an Indian background. What were some of the challenges you had to face in the broadcast industry?
I have been very lucky that I haven’t faced too many challenges as a South Asian woman. I’m also very confident in my talent as a broadcaster so if I ever felt like I got any pushback, I fought back and found my way.

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What is your favorite part of your day as being a broadcaster?
I love being able to connect with my audience. I love to make you laugh with my mom jokes, I love being in the studio and dancing to music during my entire show. Honestly, I don’t sit down for a second, it’s just a fun time and for me being at work is a nice break from the kids.

Tell us a little bit about your blog.

I started the blog when I had my second son Arjun. I thought it was a great way to connect with listeners of my show while I was on mat leave and keep them looped in. It’s sort of grown from there.

If Simone wasn’t a broadcaster?
I’d be a teacher at a broadcast school.

How do you deal with stress?
I’ve dealt with a lot of loss over the years and my brother gave me the best advice after we lost a loved one. He told me that we had just had the hardest day of our life and nothing will ever be as hard. So now I don’t stress, because nothing seems hard after going through something like that. I have a very positive optimistic person and always look at the brighter side of life.

Have you felt nervous at times? How do you cope with it?
Sometimes I get nervous before emceeing a big event, but once I get on the mic it all fades away.

What are your five favorite apps?
You will always find me on Instagram, Facebook, The Radio Player app. CBC News, or WhatsApp. As a communicator, I am always connected which can be good and bad. I try to disconnect when I’m with my kids or away.

What do you do to keep you motivated at all times especially during your down times?
Lately, I have been really focusing on self-care. As a mom and someone with a busy career, I wasn’t doing enough of it so I was feeling run down. I try to work out a few days a week, take a spin class with a friend or run the steps in Tsawwassen. Always makes me feel better after and keeps me motivated.

Favorite travel destinations…

Too many to name. I love the hustle and bustle and vibrancy of Mumbai, I love the beauty and people of the Greek island of Santorini and I love the beaches of Hawaii. With kids, we often find ourselves on shorter trips and often in Palm Springs where we have a family.

Something exciting you would want to share with us? Or something we don’t know about Simone?
My new lip kit collaborating with Ana V Beauty with proceeds benefitting BC Children’s hospital is something I’m really excited about right now. I’ve fundraised for the hospital for many years and creating a lip kit for moms was such a fun way to do it. Check it out here:

Some words for your fans…
For those who have been here since day one, thank you so much for following my journey over the years and choosing to spend your time listening/watching me. Thanks for the phone calls in the studio, the social media follows and for stopping me to say hi when I’m out. It means the world to me.

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