Carly Laden: journalism student, part-time dancer, enthusiastic AFL & AFLW supporter, tragic Eurovision fan.
Born and raised north of the Swan River, I always wanted to be like the cool people on the radio talking to different people every day and playing the songs they want. Fast forward several years and I have finally made it and met some lovely people along the way!
How did you become involved in the station? I first became involved with RTRFM working behind the scenes as an assistant producer for The Mag. A few months later, I decided I wanted to give being behind the mic a chance so I became a weekly newsreader. After a year of reading news and helping produce interviews, I thought presenting a show myself would be fun and now here we are.
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
- Bastille – All This Bad Blood
- Methyl Ethel – Everything Is Forgotten
- Illyria – Illyria,
- Imagine Dragons – Smoke & Mirrors
- Empire of The Sun – Two Vines
What is the best thing about being involved in the station? To me, the best thing about being involved in RTRFM is being exposed to so much variety. In the time I have been involved with the station, I have been exposed to so many different viewpoints on various topics and I have been introduced to so many different genres of music I wouldn’t normally listen to. Being involved in the station is also very much like being part of one big, happy family.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you at RTRFM? I haven’t had anything particularly strange happen to me yet, time will tell. I guess it’s a strange feeling being in a little room by yourself at one in the morning broadcasting to a vast number of people.
If you could present a show other than your own, which would it be and why? As a student journalist, I would love to eventually present The Mag. Having the opportunity to have thousands of people listening to you talk about different topics with experts in their respective fields would be awesome. I also think it would be cool to present Critical Mass, just to freak people out with my semi-decent knowledge of heavy music.
What do you do in real life? I am currently studying to become a journalist, hopefully working in sport journalism (preferably AFL). Aside from my studies, I can typically be found in the dance studio practicing my sweet moves, making local bands look pretty with colourful lights and getting way too excited about Game of Thrones & Eurovision on an annual basis.