Wednesday, 11 November 2020 | 13.4°C Belfast, Menu 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. “I love what I’m doing, but it’s not as glamorous as I probably thought it would be,” 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.”. 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. Melissa was 22 when she first went on air as a presenter, fulfilling her childhood dream. 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. Stephen Turnball.

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Cool FM’s fresh new face Melissa Riddell describes herself as a contradiction, and it is not hard to see why. 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.

“Doing the late show can also be quite lonely. Wednesday, 11 November 2020 | 13.4°C Belfast, Menu Mark Downey Oct 22, 2020. “Five weeks of the course was a placement. Votre version d'internet explorer est trop basse. She was among the third group of young people to go through the 15-week course, which was launched in 2015.

“I love fast and crazy things — I just love the adrenaline rush. “It goes hand-in-hand with my job at Cool FM. Outside her work and relationship, Melissa loves anything that gets her adrenaline rushing — for her 21st birthday, she took on a skydive. Her blog has around 11,000 followers on Instagram and her YouTube channel 4,000. As well as tutorials on make-up and hair, Melissa gives tips on the latest fashion trends. Paul, who runs a doggy daycare business, met Melissa through a mutual friend. “Back then, they would probably have preferred me to look for a more traditional job but they’re so proud and happy for me now.”. 2020 Radiothon.

Hence its host's long-standing claim to have "the biggest show in the country". 33 Photos. Thank you to David M for their edits on this page. “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. “From that, I have developed a real love and passion for make-up and clothes.

She is 25, works in her dream job and is over the moon that she gets to do what she loves in life. Sections, Growing up on a farm in Co Antrim, Cool FM DJ Melissa Riddell dreamed of being a radio presenter.