About Carolyn Stewart
Carolyn Stewart, originally from North Belfast, is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular and well known radio presenters and club DJs.
Carolyn started her DJ career in Belfast’s very first disco bar back in 1985. In the years that followed, her crowd pulling powers and larger than life personality ensured that she would become one of Northern Ireland’s most popular and in-demand club jocks. The success of her club nights would take her right across Ireland and beyond, including a mammoth 12 week (nightly) stint at some of Europe’s hottest nightclubs of the time. She also went on to win Northern Ireland DJ of the year in 1988.
On her return from Europe, her night time show was hugely popular right from inception and drew unprecedented audience figures for a night time programme, even out-stripping the station’s breakfast show.
From 1990 until 2005, Carolyn would be synonymous with commercial radio and it would be synonymous with her. Throughout these years she was to become the station’s most high profile and successful presenter. She also chose to interview unknown acts of the time and helped to raise the profile of fledgling artists such as Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Anastacia, Usher, Destiny’s Child and Beverley Knight. On the back of her RnB-music-loving roots she also went on to present and produce a specialist RnB Sunday night show which pulled in thousands of listeners, again contradicting traditional radio industry listening figures for the time of day.
In the mid nineties and on the back of her radio success, Carolyn also worked as a co-presenter, alongside Patrick Kielty, on Ulster Television’s Saturday morning programme SUS. The show was hugely popular and ran for two summer seasons. Carolyn also presented on the popular UTV/RTE joint travel production Bon Voyage and the BBC show Petrolheads.
Carolyn joined UTV’s new radio station U105 in 2005. She initially presented U105-late (also known as “the Night Birds show”), Monday to Thursday 9pm to 12pm and the hugely successful “Saturday Night Fever” disco-show, Saturdays 6pm to10pm. After just over a year on air, she presented and single-handedly produced a one-of-a-kind and never-been-done-before “Night Birds Night Out” live show from the television studios of UTV with a live audience as well as live music and guests – the show went on to be nominated for a best show gong at Ireland’s PPI Awards in 2007. Carolyn now presents the U105 Lunchtime show 12-3pm
With her club background and high radio and TV profile, Carolyn has often been asked by concert promoters to support live acts – the most memorable of which was her two night stint in front of a sell out 10,000 capacity crowd for A-lister and Odyssey first timer Justin Timberlake in 2004.
Carolyn is also a non-practising lawyer, graduating from Queen’s in 2001.