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Relatively speaking: Pete Snodden and his wife Julia

We ask personalities about the special family relationships in their lives

By Karen Ireland

Pete Snodden is a DJ with Cool FM and met his wife Julia, a classroom assistant, when they were both studying at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. They have two daughters, Ivana (4) and six-months-old Eleyna.

Life is very busy in the Snodden household with two young children and Pete's job. I was working shifts as a microbiologist for Coca-Cola until a few years ago, so it was a very difficult balancing act at times, particularly if I was on nights and Pete was leaving the house at 5am.

I have always had an interest in teaching, so when the opportunity arose to take voluntary redundancy, I realised it was my chance to move in a new direction career-wise. I enrolled in a classroom assistant's course, then got a job working at Ballyholme Primary School in Bangor. I love my job and I'm looking forward to September when Ivana will be coming to school with me.

Pete and I hit it off immediately when we met. We were introduced through mutual friends and then he asked me out on a proper date. He proposed to me during a trip to London, and we're still together 15 years on.

He told me we were going over to see a band play at a VIP gig. We went to the London Eye and were told we were on the Champagne flight - I remember thinking the record company had pulled out all the stops. When we were up overlooking all the sights Pete bent down and I thought he was getting something from his bag. Then I noticed a box and the ring and realised what was going on. It was a huge shock, as we had never really talked about getting engaged, but I was delighted.

Pete is like that, he is very romantic and is always just coming up with wee gestures for me and the girls. I will be at the park with the girls, then he will just appear and surprise us - I love that about him.

I love the fact that he is very honest and fair. He looks for the good in everyone and never gets involved in idle gossip. He is very good to me and very generous. He is my best friend and I love the way he looks out for me and the girls, who he adores. While he is career driven, work has it's place in his life and so do family and friends, I think he strikes a good balance between the two.

Our favourite ways to spend time together is over a nice meal with no TV, phones or distractions - just the two of us.

Family time is spent at my mum's caravan on the North Coast for a weekend or a day trip to Crawfordsburn Country Park or St George's Market. We just love the hustle and bustle of being out together.

The one thing that does wind me up about Pete is he is always running late. He leaves everything to the last second and arrives at where he needs to be in just the nick of time.


Name: Julia Snodden

Age: 34

Occupation: Classroom assistant

Relationship to Pete: Wife


I am back presenting the early morning breakfast show from 6am-10am on Cool FM, and I am very lucky as I love my job. I did, however, take 18 months off from the early morning slot last year, and was working on the afternoon show so I could spend my mornings with my four-year-old daughter Ivana.

When I was offered the morning slot back, though, I didn't hesitate as Ivana will be starting school in September. I have had that special time with her and I knew I'd always regret it if I didn't give it a go.

I met my wife Julia in 2000, when we were both studying at the University of Ulster at Coleraine. We were both at Kelly's nightclub with a group of friends and I eventually asked her out. I remember saying to a good friend before we went out - if I end up going out with her, that will be it, and I was right. We have been married for eight years this month and have our two gorgeous daughters, Ivana and six-month-old Eleyna. Family means everything to me. I lost my dad last year and I still miss him, but he is with me every day. His death has made me value life more and appreciate what I have with the girls and Julia, and to never take it for granted.

I just want to be there for them and to give them the best start in life, just like Julia and I had. Becoming a dad has changed me and my priorities - the children are the most important thing in my life.

There are so many qualities I love about Julia - she is honest and is my best friend. She is an amazing mother, too, who is patient and always taking them out - whether it is a play date with friends or a trip to the park or the zoo, they are always doing things.

We spark off each other and enjoy the same taste in music and fashion.

With a six-month-old in the house, our nights out are few and far between, but we do try to get out just the two of us to enjoy a meal and a few drinks.

It's hard to think of anything negative to say about Julia, although she can be a bit of a hoarder. She never throws anything out, so our house tends to fill up with things we don't need.

Name: Pete Snodden

Age: 34

Occupation: Cool FM radio presenter

Relationship to Julia: Husband

Life on and off the airwaves

  • Pete plays hockey for his hometown, Bangor, and enjoys playing football and golf. He is also an ambassador for The Unite Against Hate Campaign, The Prince's Trust and Action Cancer. In 2012, he carried the Olympic torch
  • From 1999-2011, Pete was involved with Cool FM's specialist music, hosting The Pete Snodden Breakfast Show in 2004-2012 after which he took the Snodden Show on Cool FM, 1pm-4pm. Pete returned to the Breakfast Show in 2014, hosting with Paulo Ross and Rebecca McKinney

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