Born & raised in the hills of Perth, Carmen Braidwood is a media professional with 17 years’ experience in commercial radio. Carmen is the current host of Weekend Breakfast on 882 6PR, as well as hosting 96fm’s breakfast show, from 2011 to 2017. She is also a familiar face to Perth TV viewers, as a regular contributor to Nine News panel segment, The Pulse and has appeared as a presenter on Destination WA, Great Winter Escapes, Today Tonight and many more.
In radio, she’s worked as a presenter, producer, program manager and newsreader for most of the country’s major media companies – in a career that’s taken her to from the Goldfields of WA to Regional Victoria and to the beaches of Queensland’s Gold Coast.
After graduating from the Perth-based Academy of Radio and cutting her teeth as a talkback producer at 882 6PR, Carmen took up work as a music presenter in regional WA, with stints at 97.3 Coast FM in Mandurah and at 6KG Kalgoorlie, where she also carried out commercial production and copywriting duties.
In 2003, after providing holiday cover to then 6KG Breakfast show host, Steve Mills, Carmen was offered a position as co-host of the Ace Radio Network’s Mixx FM Breakfast show in Colac, regional Victoria. In this role, Carmen grew the single city show to a syndicated, network program which was relayed to 4 additional radio markets, taking in much of regional Victoria.
It was also during this time that she completed the AFTRS Program Director’s course and was promoted to the additional role of Program Manager of 3CS/Mixx FM Colac and later, Warrnambool’s 3YB and Coast FM.
The network breakfast show enjoyed a run of success at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards winning Carmen a total of 4 ACRAs, including back to back “Best On Air Team” gongs for herself and co-host Grant Johnstone, and an over-all nod for Innovation and Excellence, thanks to the WAN-casting tech employed to affordably syndicate their show around the Ace Radio Network.