10 Questions with ... "Young" Ron Brewer
March 20, 2012
1) What was your first job in radio?
It was 1973 and I got a part-time gig in my hometown of Annapolis. My start in the business was running the Sunday morning public affairs shows. Four years later, I left to do mornings on Q 94 in Richmond, VA.
2) You got started (with Paul) in 1990. How did it happen and where?
I was doing middays at WSHE ("She's Only Rock & Roll") and the PD asked me to meet a morning guy (Paul Castronovo) who had been pestering him for a job. A group of us ended up going out for dinner and drinks ... and it wasn't long before Paul and I had the whole room cracking up. That was apparently enough to make a morning team, with Paul as the DJ and me doing news. We'd play a few songs, crack on each other a bit, and do an occasional interview before getting back to music.
3) How would you describe the show?
Topical information, contests and guests, all with a locker room mentality. Lots of sarcasm, too.
4) How many stations run the show now?
Five. We're heard from just south of Orlando to Key West.
5) How many people contribute to the show's content? Describe the process and how you come up with things for the show.
About four people consistently. The thing that helps me prepare is a voice recorder I always keep with me.
6) What do you guys do with your free time? Do you spend time together off-air?
I spend all my free time with my family.
7) Who is a favorite guest of the show and why?
Documentary filmmaker Billy Corben ("Cocaine Cowboys," "The 'U'," etc.) comes in once a week to review movies for us. He's quite funny, knowledgeable and doesn't speak unless he really has something to say, which I appreciate. I also greatly enjoy our visits with comedians like Dom Irrera and Jay Mohr.
8) Who would be your dream guest on the show?
The people that you would never get, like Conrad Murray during the Michael Jackson trial or Mel Gibson during the crisis times.
9) You guys are very involved in the local community. What events and charities do you enjoy being involved with?
Paul & Young Ron's annual holiday food drive has raised the equivalent of 15 million pounds of food during its long run and I'm proud of the impact we've had for those in South Florida without enough to eat.
Ordinarily, I'm not a big fan of the upscale events where rich people bid on cases of wine. I prefer the hospital visits and hands-on stuff. The most rewarding experience I've had was going to the zoo with a group of abused children.
10) What's in store for the show in 2012?
More of the same.