Cool FM Debuts All Female Line-Up to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Northern Ireland’s number one commercial radio station Cool FM debuted an all-female line-up on 8th March to celebrate International Women’s Day.

For the first time in the station’s history, Cool FM saw a takeover of female presenters for a full day.

The line-up included Cool FM regulars; Rebecca McKinney, Katharine Walker, Melissa Riddell, Ciara Ewing, Evanna Maxted and Hannah Kirkpatrick. As well as the addition of new presenter Tameron Drake who made her Cool FM debut at 10pm on the station’s popular ‘Cool Goes Quiet’ slot.

Cool FM’s current weekend line-up contains over 50% female representation with the previous appointment of Katharine Walker to the prime Saturday show slot.

Rebecca McKinney who presented the Cool Breakfast show explained “I’m delighted to have kicked off International Women’s Day celebrations on Cool FM, with my co-host for the day, Evanna Maxted – one of the station’s newest voices. The media industry has been predominately male dominated for such a long time, so this is a powerful statement of intent from the brand, to give female voices a spotlight. We hoped it would be a positive, empowering listen – with lots of powerhouse women on the playlist!”

“I want our female audience to listen to Cool FM and feel they are reflected in the voices they hear. International Women’s Day is about standing equally with men and I have a huge amount of respect for my male colleagues; particularly Pete and Paulo who have helped me find my voice!”

Evanna, who joins Rebecca notes; “It was amazing to spread the female energy across the airwaves for the whole day! I am so honoured to be doing the Cool breakfast with Rebecca (who has been a role model of mine for so many years). A real dream come true in my radio career.”

Melissa Riddell, who headed up drive time added; “Northern Ireland is filled with so many talented females, (and males of course! ) but it’s cool to see an all-girl line up to celebrate International Women’s Day.”