A difficult uni assignment led me to radio. Having Cool on 24/7 whilst sitting at a drawing board not only helped me through uni, but gave me an idea for a future career.
After a summer radio course, experience in hospital and university radio stations and many years pubbing and clubbing as a DJ, I picked up a breakfast shift in the NW of the province. Juggling all with a full time teaching post was exhausting, so I resigned and put all of my 'eggs in one basket'. In November 2001 I moved to my dream job in the ultimate radio station - Cool FM! My first show 1-5pm, was a mixture of excitement and nerves. I can still remember my shaky voice and the messages of support from the listeners.
Since then I have worked nearly every shift, except Breakfast - I think that the management know my aversion to mornings!!
I currently present the Sat afternoon 'Cool 30' chart show and Night-times Sun to Thursday 10pm-2am. Chatting about current issues, the 3-some teaser and a revamp of Cool's original slowdown session - 'Cool Goes Quiet' keeps me busy along with the live blog. A listener once suggested that everyone should have their 15 mins of fame. Now that is possible, by contacting me with 4 of your favourite tracks and a chance to present yourself in the limelight. I will tell the whole of NI all about you during my show.
Working 4 hours a day is a source of humour for many of my friends and family, but I am kept busy by my two boxers, my passion for anything fast and now my new love - running. The challenge began one night with the Roadsafe crew. As they say drink in, wit out! I agreed to complete the NYC marathon and I believed at this point that crawling would be a given! I didn't realise the commitment and intense training that would have to be done to complete the 26.2 mile route. I finished and our team raised our target £20,000 for "Cool FM's Cash for Kids" Now I seem to have been bitten by the bug and have signed up to run around the sights of Paris in April.
I regularly tour the province with the Roadsafe team championing the dangers of excessive speed to those approaching driving age. I own a sports car, a Fireblade and am now a retired rally driver after earning a third in class over all in the Northern Ireland championship in 2008. I am up for any driving challenge that anyone cares to throw at me!!
Even on holiday there is little chance of me sitting still for too long – I love to get away skiing and try to do so at least twice a year. Such is my passion for skiing that I have even been known to try to carve out a piste in Northern Ireland during any snow-fall!
On the odd occasion that I get time to relax and chill I love to catch up on all the soaps: Corrie, Eastenders, Desperate Housewives, CSI, Gray's….are a few of my favourites!
So, if there is a love song or request you would like to dedicate to yourself or someone else, if you want to try and beat me at my 3some, if you would like your 15 minutes of fame – get in contact! Maybe chat to you on my blog soon.