Ron Brewer leaving ‘The Paul & Young Ron Show’ after 26 years

By Madeleine Marr

Paul Castronovo and Young Ron Brewer from ‘The Paul and Young Ron Show’
Paul Castronovo and Young Ron Brewer from ‘The Paul and Young Ron Show’

And then there was just Paul (Castronovo).

“Young” Ron Brewer announced Monday he was leaving his post at the “Paul & Young Ron” show, a gig he’s held since 1990. Brewer’s last day on the Big 105.9 morning show is Friday, Dec. 16.

In a Facebook Live video posted after the show, Castronovo seemed as if he had no idea his longtime colleague was leaving, saying he was “blindsided” by the news. (He may want to have a chat with Kelly Ripa, who wasn’t too pleased when her “Live” cohost Michael Strahan decided to bail to “GMA” back in April without informing her first.)

Can you blame Brewer? The man hasn’t gotten a lot of sleep during his career, having to rise at 3:30 a.m. to do the weekday morning drive show.

“Even though I’m going to miss radio, I’ll be looking for a lack of schedule, if you will,” said Young Ron. “I’ll have a chance to sit back and enjoy life. I’d like to announce my future plans but happily I have none...if I get itchy to work, I will.”

The bucket list will be checked off.

Brewer ran through a few things he’d like to do — drive an RV across the country, or hang out in Key West.

“I’m done is what I’m saying. I’m giving you two weeks’ notice. You’re not going to have Ron Brewer to kick around anymore. Someone’s got to inform these people and it ain’t gonna be me. I can do whatever I want. That’s the cool thing.”

Castronovo genuinely seemed surprised as well as emotional.

“I’m confused and blindsided. I don’t know if I’m happy for you. You didn’t think how it would impact me?” said the vineyard owner, adding, “Do I have to buy you a Christmas gift?”

Seems the station is hiring.

“My phones are blowing up,” said Castronovo. “I just got a text from Will Shriner.”

Stay tuned.