2020 Radiothon. The Belfast Telegraph is a member of IPSO and subscribes to its Editors' Code of Practice “It can be hard work, and it’s a job you could only do if you really love it. Ipso, An INM Website She was among the third group of young people to go through the 15-week course, which was launched in 2015. Email. “I didn’t even know the academy existed,” Melissa says. “My parents have always been very supportive, but I think they were worried that I’d be wasting my time because it’s such a difficult career to get into. She describes the show as “the world-famous Cool goes quiet” and says it was her favourite when she was growing up. KRQE reported yesterday that the five face felony charges…, New Charges Filed in Case of Destruction of Monument in Santa Fe, School in Farmington Returns to in-Home Learning due to COVID-19 Case Spike, Food Bank Needs Donations to Keep up with Demand, Company Suing State of New Mexico to Keep Meat Processing Plant Open, 3 El Paso City Council Members want Mayor to Fully Support Renewed Lockdown. My ambition is to pretty much stay where I am and continue to grow our figures and help to keep us in the number one spot. That made me want a job as a presenter even more. My dream was to work for Cool FM and I’d like to stay here.”, Melissa Riddell, Cool FM, Mon-Fri, 10pm-1am, The Belfast Telegraph is a member of IPSO and subscribes to its Editors' Code of Practice “The first week, the tutor made me stand up in front of the class and talk like a robot. Please add it to our directory. The Union Street Baptist Church demolished in St. Stephen. “I love what I’m doing, but it’s not as glamorous as I probably thought it would be,” she says. Five people face charges and there could be more to be charged for the destruction of a monument in Santa Fe. While trawling the internet for opportunities, she came across the Cool Academy, a course designed to give young people the skills to get a job in the media. “You also got to spend five weeks at Cool FM, learning all about radio. But it was not all plain sailing. Cool FM’s fresh new face Melissa Riddell describes herself as a contradiction, and it is not hard to see why. “Even though I am talking to thousands of people, it can feel lonely. I couldn’t believe it. The governor said community spread is “uncontrollable” right now, and warned the … “Five weeks of the course was a placement. “My eyes pop out of my head when I talk, so I started the videos to critique myself. Hence its host's long-standing claim to have "the biggest show in the country". © BelfastTelegraph.co.uk, Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Stormont meeting on whether to relax or extend restrictions adjourned without agreement, Stormont Executive split over Covid restrictions: What position each party has taken, Ballycastle crash tragedy girl Hannah (5) raises £66k for hospital care unit after amazing recovery, Carl Frampton's legal battle with Barry McGuigan on hold as 10,000 'lost' emails found, Amazon's Belfast warehouse is sold to investors for £27m, The Belfast Telegraph is a member of IPSO and subscribes to its Editors' Code of Practice. “There’s definitely a crossover between performing and presenting,” she says. Can you help update this entry? She is 25, works in her dream job and is over the moon that she gets to do what she loves in life. I love to attend glamorous events and get dressed up, but I’m also a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I try and do at least one video a week, and I’ve had some pretty cool opportunities come along because of them, such as hosting and presenting fashion and beauty events. They liked it and agreed to train me up. “I had a very strong Portglenone accent, but it was knocked out of me on the drama course. The stunning blonde, whose fashion and make-up video tips on YouTube and Instagram are watched by thousands, is rarely seen looking anything less than glamorous. A refreshing new face to the Cool FM presenter line-up, Melissa says she is living her dream after landing her own show on the station. The contradiction comes in again because I also like the fact that there are no distractions at night and I can just get on with the show. My attitude has always been, ‘If not me, then who? As well as tutorials on make-up and hair, Melissa gives tips on the latest fashion trends. Today, a few years down the line, she is still pinching herself over what happened and is grateful for the opportunity. “I love fast and crazy things — I just love the adrenaline rush. 4 weeks ago. Ugly Recliner Contest. Reared in the heart of the Co Antrim countryside on a farm, she is anything but the stereotypical image of a traditional country girl. “When I found it, I thought it was the opportunity I was looking for. “I tried indoor sky diving recently at We Are Vertigo, and loved it. “You have to be comfortable in front of an audience, even though on radio you’re not sitting in front of an audience. Somebody has to do it’. “When I was at school, I decided I wanted to be a presenter,” she says. 16 Photos. Charlotte FM Photos. Cool FM's morning show, which is presented by Pete Snodden, Rebecca McKinney and Paolo Ross, is live on air from 6am to 10am Monday to Friday, but it's not until 9am that Nolan's 90-minute broadcast hits the airwaves on BBC Radio Ulster. It was Melissa’s dedication to her career and drive to push herself to be the best she could be that led to her starting a YouTube channel, which has since grown into a hugely popular fashion and beauty blog. “I love the outdoors and I grew up in the countryside, but I don’t like getting my hands dirty.”. “(But), because of where I’m from, I got a lot of eye-rolling when I told people. Charlotte FM Pics. This is a user-edited website. 49 Photos. “I find the contradiction in myself. © BelfastTelegraph.co.uk, Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Stormont meeting on whether to relax or extend restrictions adjourned without agreement, Stormont Executive split over Covid restrictions: What position each party has taken, Ballycastle crash tragedy girl Hannah (5) raises £66k for hospital care unit after amazing recovery, Carl Frampton's legal battle with Barry McGuigan on hold as 10,000 'lost' emails found, Amazon's Belfast warehouse is sold to investors for £27m, The Belfast Telegraph is a member of IPSO and subscribes to its Editors' Code of Practice. Melissa was 22 when she first went on air as a presenter, fulfilling her childhood dream. Locally the BBC have never made their official audience statistics public, but last year leaked figures revealed that the Nolan Show pulls in 134,000 listeners daily. While Melissa had toyed with staying in Liverpool, believing there would be more opportunities there, she decided on Northern Ireland after being accepted for the academy. What's Happening on Charlotte FM. “I know I’m not a typical farmer’s daughter,” she says. I spent those with CMPR (PR firm and modelling agency) as an intern, which was great experience. Now one of the station's bright new stars, she tells Stephanie Bell about having to lose her strong Portglenone accent and dating Mr NI, Style queen: Melissa Riddell shows off her fashionable look, Another shot of Melissa showing off her style, Melissa presenting the late show on Cool FM. “My dream was to be a presenter, and that’s what I am doing now. I also enjoy abseiling and love the outdoors. “Cool FM is so busy during the day, and I love that buzz about the office, but at night there is no one about, so I don’t get to see anyone. It was here that she enjoyed an idyllic childhood, growing up with sister Sharon (26), brothers Mark (22) and Robert (19), dad Ivan — a beef farmer — and civil servant mum Aileen. She describes the family farm outside Portglenone as being “in the middle of nowhere”. 3 months ago. Thank you to David M for their edits on this page. Dating the current Mr Northern Ireland, Paul Pritchard, Melissa is every inch the fashionable city girl, but her roots are rural and she still lives at home on the family farm. Edit this page yourself. “When the course was due to finish, I made a demo tape and sent it in, hoping they would give me a chance. “From that, I have developed a real love and passion for make-up and clothes. “I just feel so lucky to be there and so lucky to have my own show, especially the show that I listened to growing up every night,” she says. Cool FM’s fresh new face Melissa Riddell describes herself as a contradiction, and it is not hard to see why. She is proud to host Cool Nights from 10pm until 1am from Sunday to Thursday. Ipso, An INM Website The videos were initially for learning and work purposes, but now they have become a big part of my life. “I did a lot of stand-in shows, then I got my own show, which was amazing.”. I’ll definitely be going back to do it again. Paul, who runs a doggy daycare business, met Melissa through a mutual friend. She asked if she could pass my number onto him and I said yes. As her degree drew to a close, Melissa began to think about how to move into radio. Newtownards-based Cool FM celebrated its 30th birthday yesterday and announced that its morning show rakes in 310,000 weekly listeners, making it "the biggest show in the country", while the station achieved its highest ever audience reach of 506,000 weekly listeners. Melissa has been interested in a career in radio since her teens. “It worked. “I’m quite determined and stubborn, so if I put my mind to something, I’ll do it. Reflecting on her good fortune, she adds: “I’m so happy where I am that all I want in my life now is to be content, and I am lucky that I already have contentment. After school, Melissa studied drama at university in Liverpool, which stood her in good stead for her future career in radio. 33 Photos. That was the best thing he could’ve done for me.”. A lighthearted Twitter spat broke out yesterday between Stephen Nolan and Cool FM over who has the biggest radio show in the country. “I was single and, to be honest, I wasn’t really looking for anybody, but then a friend contacted me and said she had the perfect man for me. “He said that we in Northern Ireland tend to slur our words together. Cool FM DJ Stuart Robinson responded saying: "I think what Stephen Nolan means is happy birthday Cool FM and congratulations on achieving the best listening figures in your 30-year history!! “I suppose you could say Paul is kind of in the business as well, being Mr Northern Ireland, but that’s not what attracted me to him,” she says. I am one of only two female presenters at the station, with Rebecca McKinney, and I love to take any fashion opportunities that come to the station that the guys wouldn’t be interested in.”.