Cool FM

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Cool FM
Cool FM Logo 2013.png
Broadcast areaNorthern Ireland
SloganNorthern Ireland's number 1 for music
FrequencyFM: 97.4 MHz
DAB: 12D
First air date7 February 1990
FormatContemporary hit radio / Big Top 40
OwnerBauer Radio
Sister stationsDowntown Radio

Cool FM is a commercial radio station, based in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. The station is owned and operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of Bauer's Hits Radio Network.

The station began broadcasting in 1990 when its parent station Downtown Radio ceased simulcasting and split its AM and FM frequencies into two separate services. Downtown Radio continued on 1026 kHz AM and FM frequencies outside Belfast and Cool FM was created to broadcast on the 97.4 MHz FM frequency, initially in the Greater Belfast area only. Today Cool FM is now heard across all of Northern Ireland on DAB.

Cool FM is Northern Ireland's Number 1 Hit Music Station. It plays a broad mix of popular, youth-orientated Pop and Dance music from the 1980s onwards, however there's also a daily dose of EDM. Some of the stations most popular shows are 'Pete Snodden in the moring with Pete, Paulo and Rebeeca and the Cool Saturday Show with Stuart Robinson and Deputy Dave. Cool FM features some specialised music such as Cool of Rock on weekday mornings, Cool Old Skool on Saturday Night, The Cool Years (Classic Hits) and Cool Goes Quiet Love Songs on Sunday - Thursday nights.


All of Cool FM's shows is locally presented and produced from its Newtownards studios.

Local news bulletins air on the hour between 6am and 10pm every day. On weekdays, there are extended bulletins at 1pm and 5pm and headlines on the half hour during breakfast and drivetime.


Paul Kennedy 1995 - today

Pete Snodden 2000 - today

Gary Myles 2001 - today

DJ Hix 2007 - today

Stuart Robinson 2010 - today

Paulo Ross 2014 - today

John Kearns 1990-1995 / 2014 - today

Owen Beers 2014 - today

Rebecca McKinney 2015 - today

Deputy Dave 2015 - today

Andy Baird 2015 - today

Melissa Riddell 2016 - today

Curtis McCosh 2016 - today

Neal McClelland 2016 - today

Peter Flanaghan 2017 - today

Connor Coates 2017 - today

Notable Past Presenters[edit]

Neil McLeod 1990-1994

John-Paul Ballantine 1990-1992

Bill Kerton 1990-1992

Julie May Brown 1998-2001

Lisa Flavelle 1990-1992

Mark Wesley 1990-1999

Connor Phillips 2005-2015

Joe Ferguson 1992-2001

Matt Symons 1995-1997

Paul Thomas 1990-1996

Paul Buckle 1990-2000

Stephen Woods 1994-2010

David Coleman 1990-2007 / 2011-2012

Carolyn Stewart 1990-2005

Sonya Mac 2005-2014

Gene Wilson 1991 - 2007

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