Carmen braidwood grew up dreaming of becoming a pop singer, an actress or the wife of prince william.
Failing at all three, she took a vow of silence and joined a monastery. Not really — this would have been a very different biography in that case — she dusted herself off and developed new goals, the biggest being to make a life from radio, journalism and television. Sources across Australia report she has been doing ‘a pretty decent job’ of this for the past 17 years, working with Channel 9, Hit 92.9 and 96fm. It’s just as well — the monastery had terrible internet speeds.
Braidwood started her media career in Western Australia as a producer on radio working on 882 6PR and Hit 92.9. She graduated to working the mic as a music announcer at 97.3 Coast FM and 6KG Kalgoorlie and later as a newsreader for Mix 94.5 and Hit 92.9. She woo-ed audiences across Victoria for five years as co-host of the Ace Radio Network’s breakfast show before packing her bags and going to sit on the beach, practice yoga and read the news for Gold Coast’s Sea FM.
Carmen likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, but prefers an icy cold bottle of cider and outdoor activities in the sunshine. Carmen loves to talk — in particular about health, wicked-badass-women, and functional/dysfunctional families — and for a run of 7 years, lent her voice to co-hosting Perth’s 96fm breakfast show, “Carmen & Fitzi”.
When asked nicely or bribed with camembert Carmen can behave very well, as exhibited in regular guest appearances on Sky News Australia, The Pulse (Channel 9), The Project (Network 10), Sea TV (Southern Cross Ten), and The Today Show (Channel 9). In 2015 she joined the cast of Destination WA on Channel 9 where she has successfully carried out a full interview under hypnosis and enjoyed bringing her bright, bubbly personality to screens across Australia.
Today, Carmen continues to freelance as a TV Presenter and Radio Announcer having most recently been seen on Nine's Great Winter Escapes and heard on 882 6PR Afternoons in Perth. She also brings the skills she picked up in the commercial media to the digital world, offering consultancy, coaching and suite of creative services to businesses in Perth and beyond.
She is also the creator of a nifty group of like minded Perth-lovers called Perthling on Facebook. Check it out for yourself, or join up, right here.