BIG 105.9's Paul Castronovo on Asking Hillary Clinton if She Inhaled

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Paul's one the left and "Young" Ron is on the right. 
Music vet and New Times scribe Lee Zimmerman offers his insights, opinions, and observations about the local scene. This week: Radio funnyman Paul Castronovo gets personal.

As half of South Florida's most popular morning show duo, Paul and Young Ron, Paul Castronovo has become the radio equivalent of a double shot of Café Cubano. 

Whether he's playing the foil for his partner's astute observations on BIG 105.9, or waxing euphemistically about fishing, boating or their seemingly unending stream of celebrity guests, Castronovo comes across like everybody's favorite chum, someone you could bond with over a brew and share some goofy guy talk. 

We talked to Paul and asked him to share words of wisdom. He bragged about drunkenly interviewing Tom Cruise and reading lines with Robert Duvall. 

New Times: First, give a little history. How did you get started in the biz, what was your first gig? Where did you work previously? Did you always want to be in radio? 

Paul Castronovo: Nah, I wanted to be on Saturday Night Live, but they didn't offer that at the University of Florida, where I was in pre-law. So I slid over to the TV station and wanted to be the "funny man on the street guy." The news director said, "That's not what we do here," and I moved upstairs to WRUF, Rock 104 where they said, "Heck yeah, be funny." I've worked in Gainesville, Orlando, Nashville, and Birmingham (where they hated me, being a Gator fan and all), and thankfully in Miami for the past 22 years.

What do you enjoy most about your job? What do you enjoy least? 

I get to sit in a room full of funny people and get paid to crack on each other and laugh all day. I've gotten to meet heroes of mine from all walks of life, from entertainment to sports, and actually got paid for it. Do you know anybody else that has read lines from The Godfather with Robert Duvall? This whole thing about waking up at 4 a.m. has got to stop eventually. It never gets easy.

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