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Big radio guns coming home to shake up the local airwaves

By Maureen Coleman

Two of Northern Ireland’s best known radio presenters are returning to Belfast’s airwaves as part of a staff shake-up by Citybeat, it was revealed today.

MTV star John Kearns and ex Cool FM favourite Glen Pavis will be taking over the reins of the mid morning and afternoon drive-time shows.

The new lineup will be completed by current drive-time presenter Stuart Robinson, who will now host ‘Belfast’s Bigger Breakfast’ with his sidekick, Work Experience Boy.

John and Stuart will start in their new slots from today while Glen will join them next month.

For Glen, it’s a double celebration as wife Lynn is also expecting their first baby in October.

The local man left Cool FM just over two years ago and set up a radio station near Benidorm in Spain, working behind the scenes. But when the chance to return to the airwaves arose, he decided to accept.

“When I left Cool FM I was disenchanted with the way things were going and didn’t feel I wanted to go back on air again for a while,” he said.

“But I’ve been promised by bosses at Citybeat that I can bring my own personality to the show, chop and change the music and enjoy myself with it.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to broadcasting and I’m preparing myself for a pretty busy time as my wife is expecting a baby later this year as well.”

Joining Glen as part of the new-look station will be another former Cool FM broadcaster — and MTV presenter — John Kearns.

John, who has a wealth of both TV and national radio experience with TalkSPORT, sees his new show as a reflection of the changing face of Belfast.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Citybeat at a time that’s so exciting for Belfast.

“The transformation here over the last few years has been nothing short of amazing and I’m really looking forward to broadcasting in what is undoubtedly now one of Europe’s top cities.”

And new ‘Belfast’s Bigger Breakfast’ host Stuart Robinson said: “Work Experience Boy has already ordered me an extra large alarm clock which will now take pride of place in my bedroom! Seriously though, I can’t wait to get started and we can promise lots of new features, competitions, craic and of course great music which will really get Belfast buzzing in the mornings.”

Citybeat station director Richard Collett added: “This is a first class team with a wealth of experience who are well known to audiences here.”

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