FOR Carla “Biggzy” Bignasca moving to Canberra has been the realisation of a career dream to host a breakfast radio show.
“For me, it’s always been about getting on to a breakfast show and being in an ensemble cast,” Biggzy says.
“In radio, that’s where the love is. That’s where the pulse of the station is.”
The 31-year-old who, along with Pete Curulli, will host MIX 106.3’s breakfast program, has spent almost four years hosting the nationally broadcast “Hot 30 Countdown”.
“That took me around the world and it was a lot of fun,” she says. “I met a lot of celebrities.”
But she admits the 18-to-24-year-old audience has a different appetite to the loyal listeners of MIX106.3.
“I’ve gone from one end of the day where we could pretty much say whatever we liked, to making sure I’m right on cue in breakfast.
“The mindset is switched differently. It seems like only insomniacs, lonely people and young people doing their homework listen to night-time radio, but breakfast radio allows you to be so much broader.
“I’m allowed to talk about my husband snoring or talking about things that are happening in the day, as opposed to just talking about ‘does Lady Gaga have a penis?’ And we will be talking about that, of course, but in a different context.”
Biggzy has a positive attitude to her new life in the nation’s capital even though it means she has to live apart from her husband who will remain in Sydney for his work.
“I’ve moved down here with my shoeboxes in the boot of my car. I took all the winter clothes and left everything else in the house.”
“But I like Canberra. It doesn’t feel like a small town. People here seem really open-minded, which suits me just fine because I think I can be a bit out there, a bit obnoxious, a bit in your face,” she laughs.
“What I’m most looking forward to is being a part of a community. I’m a bit older now, Mix 106.3 will allow me to be more local and that’s the thing I’m really looking forward to.
“It was great to be able to talk to a nation through music and pop culture but it will be great to be a part of a community and part of Canberra.”
No doubt there are hopes for the new hosts to lift the ratings of Mix 106.3, which is behind sister station FM104.7 and ABC 666.
Biggzy and Pete were announced as the new hosts of the Mix 106.3 breakfast show following the sudden departure of previous hosts Cam Sullings and Lisa Ridgley. While she didn’t have any comments about her predecessors, Biggzy is ready to take on 104.7 hosts Scotty and Nige.
“I can’t speak for the previous teams that have been on air because I wasn’t here and I wasn’t listening, but I’ve been listening to the opposition and although they’re nice boys and sit two metres away from us, they’ll be getting a wake-up call.”
So what can listeners expect?
“If you evoke any emotion that can be love or hate, then you’ve done your job. If you just be bland and beige then you haven’t done your job, you’re not creating anything.
Turning to her co-host she consults, “Let’s not be beige, alright Pete?”