BIG 105.9's Paul Castronovo on Asking Hillary Clinton if She Inhaled
Other than a salary, what is the most satisfying thing about your gig?
Watching my wife spend my salary. Look, I realize that I'm at the fringe of the entertainment business, but it's very rewarding to: A) meet people who say that you make them laugh everyday, and B) when huge stars such as Billy Gardell from Mike and Molly text me to congratulate me on my weight loss. That's cool stuff.
What would you be doing if you weren't in radio?
I'd be in TV, but making less money. Local TV hasn't figured out how to use a talent like me. The stations are crushed for minutes, and so much of it is hard hitting, and that's not what I do. What I do is entertain, and uh... It seems to be working. Somebody will figure it out eventually.
Who was the coolest celebrity you've ever met?
Coolest? That's tough. Funniest? Dom Irerra and Richard Lewis. I interviewed a drunk Tom Cruise. Hillary Clinton spent 20 minutes on the show with us and I asked her if she inhaled. Robert Duvall sitting across from me doing the "Godfather" was nuts. Steve Spurrier made me nervous, then became a friend. One-on-one with John Travolta... And he didn't hit on me? Hell, hanging with Tony Curtis and Kevin Spacey? Yeah, that's pretty cool. Anybody you know, other than a football player, that has caught a pass from Dan Marino? I have.
In that same regard, with all the evolving technology, especially in the area of mass communications, why do you think radio continues to be so resilient? Why do you think people still listen?
When satellite radio showed up, everybody was like, "Oh no." Guess what? It's just another button in the car. We're your buddies and we don't cost a red cent to listen to. We're there every day, and have been since you were a kid. There's a comfort factor in knowing that. Stations that show consistency with their talent are the ones that have the most success. TV has blown it over the years by getting rid of high-priced talent, thinking they can get away with a hot chick right out of college for a tenth of the money, but you know what? I call it b.s. It takes years to build up trust with an audience, and I think we've done that and no podcast or satellite show is gonna take radio down.
Witty, wacky, and exceedingly affable, Paul and Young Ron hold court every weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. over four radio airwaves stretching from the Keys (Sun 99.5 and 103.1) to Broward and Miami Dade (BIG 105.9) to West Palm Beach (91.3 Real Radio).