About

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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 Monday – Thursday evenings 8-midnight and Sunday night 10pm- 1am. This show also incorporates the ‘Cool Clinic’ where Sean from the Yeha Project joins me as we discuss listeners issues and problems.

Working 4 hours a day is a source of humour for many of my friends and family, but I am kept busy by Ida my boxer, 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” I was bitten by the bug and signed up almost immediately for Paris and Prague in Spring 2011- Unfortunately just 3 weeks before the Paris marathon I was literally bitten- by a dog, whilst I was out on a training run. This put me off my feet and out of running for a year.

I gained a place for the London marathon in 2012 and again raised over £3000 for Cash for Kids.
NYC marathon 2012 became a massive charity push for Action Cancer after the charity approached me and asked me to run for their cause. Another 9 runners joined my personal team and we organized many fund raising activities over the summer of 2012 and up to the November event. We reached our target of £30,000 for the charity. Unfortunately the ‘Frankenstorm’ prevented us from running the NYC course, so instead we went to Staten Island help those affected by the hurricane.

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And now another challenge is on the way…….See my ‘Charity’ section.

sonya-rallyI regularly tour the province with the Roadsafe team championing the dangers of excessive speed to those approaching driving age. Cars are a passion of mine. I have a vehicle that I drive on a day to day basis, but also bring out the soft –top when the weather is lovely. I have a Fireblade, which unfortunately hasn’t had much road use recently – but I can’t bring myself to sell it!!

I 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.

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 ‘What is it??!’, or you have a great suggestion for a ‘Twitter Track’ – get in contact!