Born in Swindon, Wiltshire, Carl spent his childhood in Wootton Bassett where in 1982 he started his career at Wiltshire Radio.
The station launched from studios at the end of the street where he lived and during a school visit he somehow persuaded the management that he could be a radio star… but more immediately could make a great cuppa and do the washing up too!
Carl had soon secured a role in the record library and would often sneak into the studios to practice at being a disc jockey. Before long he’d been given his own pop news feature, and very soon at the age of 16 he was presenting his very own show, making him the UK’s youngest professional radio presenter. Publicity in the national press and on TV followed with Carl appearing as a guest on The Russell Harty chat show. Soon he realised that while his schoolmates were taking ‘A levels’ he was only taking up space so he left education for his first full time job in radio.
His five years at Wiltshire Radio and GWR in Bristol and Swindon proved to be a great apprenticeship working alongside broadcasting legends like Bob Harris and Johnnie Walker. By 1987 he bid farewell to his West Country roots and headed north to Signal Radio in Stoke on Trent. Within the next year he’d hosted drivetime at Red Dragon Radio in Cardiff and the late show on Chiltern Radio. It wasn’t long before he settled at Chiltern, rubbing shoulders with some of the finest young talent in British radio. “We had a brilliant breakfast show hosted by Paul McKenna! We never saw eye to eye, mainly because I was petrified that he’d put a spell on me!” says Carlos. He continued working at Chiltern and Horizon in Milton Keynes, but he was really making a name for himself with his Breakfast Bunch show on Northants 96. Over the following 5 years he misbehaved every morning and even appeared in panto alongside Barbara Windsor!
In 1993 Carl got a call from one of the UK’s most successful programmers, Richard Park asking him to join his new team at BRMB in Birmingham. It was on his arrival at BRMB that Richard Park suggested that Carl should use his nickname of ‘Carlos’, the name given to him by an aunt during a holiday to Majorca in the early 70’s. It signalled the start of the most successful period of his career and gave him the opportunity to masquerade as a Spanish waiter at a nearby restaurant. At BRMB that he started ‘Call Carlos’, the instant request phone in. Everyday when he came on the air the phone lines went crazy… but thankfully the complaints department didn’t answer them! Between ’93 and ’97 he helped launch and host the School Tour show, interviewed many stars and was the regular host of the station’s huge roadshows working alongside The Spice Girls, Boyzone, Robbie Williams, M People and The Backstreet Boys.
Late in 1997 Carlos got a call from Heart FM and moved to the regional station. During the next 7 years his morning show attracted record audiences not since matched.
In 2005, Carlos took a two year break from the midlands and headed to the south coast and once again he attracted record audience figures for Wave 105 where his morning show became the station’s most listened to programme.
After a couple of years at Wave 105, Carlos couldn’t resist the opportunity to return to the Midlands to join the newly launched Smooth Radio. When Smooth Radio became a national station in 2010 Carlos was delighted to become part of new line up, working alongside household names including Simon Bates and David ‘Kid’ Jensen. Over the past few years, he’s attracted an audience of millions and has become one of Smooth Radio’s most popular presenters.