I'm originally from the Northeastern tip of Ohio in the small town of Conneaut. See that red dot? Yepp, that's Conneaut, that's where I grew up.
Here's a pic of my family, that's my mom and dad and I'm in the upper left and that's my little brother on the upper right. That's my grandpa that you can half see on the left.
Anyways ... I was there for 16 years when I moved to Italy for a year as an exchange student when I was in the 11th grade. See the green below, that's where I lived for a whole year!
After that, I moved back home, finished up high school and went to college at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. While I was there I got my Bachelor's in Psychology and worked for the college radio station WJCU where I was trained by none other than DJ Frankage and DJ Mike ... I'll never forget my first time ever on the air, in true "Paul" fashion, I pressed the first button to play my first ever song and ..... silence .... nothing .... thank God for Frankage!! Yea so basically they taught me everything I know, which is how I found out that I love this radio stuff.
Also, shout out to Dan Marangoni, my college roomate who dealt with my constant late night returns to the dorm after having spent a few hours in the studio learning more about audio and editing and radio stuff.
After college I went to Ashtabula, Ohio where I worked 2 years in a small market with some great guys, I definitely have to give a shot out to Roger McCoy who was the first guy to ever hire me for a paying job in radio, albeit 7 dollars an hour, but hey you have to start somewhere! About 2 years later I heard that 106.7 KISS-FM was looking for a music director/afternoon DJ and I said that's gotta be me! I applied, called, e-mailed, called, snail mailed, called, snail mailed again, e-mailed, and called again and finally, I got the job (persistence).
After 3 great years as the afternoon guy on KISS, I landed the job as producer of The Wease Show. I still do afternoons on KISS, but am also up bright and early every morning for 95.1 The Fox. I'm one of those annoying people who claim they love their job so much, they've never felt like they've gone to work a day in their lives.
I am the luckiest man in the world.. my girlfriend Ryann threw the BEST party anyone could have ever thrown anyone in the world on Saturday night.. and it was a complete suprise to me!!
Actually, it wasn't even JUST the party.. I started the afternoon on a scavenger hunt that sent me for a massage, a brand new outfit, a haircut, a pedicure, a few drinks, and much more.
Here's how I'm gonna do this.. because it would take FOREVER to type out everything that my Ryann did for me this weekend.. I'm gonna do it all as a podcast and then post some pictures below so you can see some of the stuff I'm talking about from the weekend. So click here to listen to the podcast and follow along with the pictures below:
-The last stop on the scavenger hunt was at a bar on Park Avenue where I was met with all of my cousins!! They're job was to suprise me and then bring me home where everyone else was waiting. From left is my cousin's husband Chad, my cousins Stephanie, Megan, Emily, Emily's BF Kevin, myself, and my brother David:
-This is the table right at the entrance when you first walked into our house decorated with tons of pictures from my life:
-Here's a closeup of that poster board in the middle. My mom made it. It's so many pictures from my life and I couldn't even believe that she had all of these. Such a sweet blast from the past:
-The dining room.. which Ryann converted into a casino:
-The alcohol (pre-party):
-The cupcakes (pre-party):
-The next morning.. my family. My grandparents being here was the BIGGEST and BEST suprise EVER!! I never thought they'd make the trip. In the pic sitting are my grandpa and dad.. standing are my mom, grandma, brother, and myself:
-My friend Tom and his girlfriend Carly stuck around an extra day.. we spent our St. Patrick's Day gettin' after it. Here we are doing a shot of Absinthe before going to Murphy's Law for a nice Irish dinner Sunday night: