Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 1/25/12

San Antonio Spurs Spanish play-by-play announcer Paul Castro usually goes through the same routine on game nights. He starts with an early dinner followed by some prep work and research with engineer Bruno Gonzalez before his game broadcast goes live on KCOR 1350 AM.

Tonight it all changes as Castro will now go from behind the mic to in front of the camera, as the Spurs start their first of 12 Spurs games that will now be broadcast on Time Warner Cable in San Antonio.

Castro's signature "uno dos tres" or his translation of goodbye in several languages for a player ejection on his radio broadcast will now be heard on television. For Castro, it's definitely a transition, especially after 17-plus years of calling Spurs games, which came after three years with the Portland Trail Blazers.

"I've spent almost 21 years in radio and along the way I did some TV," Castro said.

Castro studied television while at Oregon State University, and during his time with the Spurs, he's observed a good chunk of television broadcasts to pick up a few tips here and there.

"I watch TV to understand how to do it," Castro said. "I always watched Joel Myers and several of the other broadcasters."

A little over 21 years ago Castro was starting fresh, and sent in a cassette tape of him discussing a game that was on TV, which eventually landed him his job with the Blazers.

Tonight he starts fresh again, but in doing so, he breaks a streak going back to the mid-90s.

"My streak will end on radio. I missed only one game due to weather," Castro said/ "It's a bit on the down side, but it's a new audience and i love that people who listen to me now can watch me."

While his impressive streak does end, with Jorge Rodriguez taking over radio duties tonight, Castro will still be calling all non-TV games at home and the road on KCOR.

The Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers started Spanish TV broadcasts last season, and Castro said the Spurs, Fox Sports and Time Warner came to an agreement this year, which makes him one of the very few Spanish NBA TV broadcasters, something he's very excited to be a part of.

Last year, when Castro was a guest on the Spurscast, he described the thought process of going on air and how even after all these years, it hasn't lost any of it's charm.

"It's fun, it's exciting. Once you go on air, there's no going back," hew said. "You just go into it and after all these years, I feel like I get better game by game, but it's exciting. Everything is flowing, there's excitement, there's energy and you can't help, but even though you're not on the court, you feel like it."

For Spurs fans watching starting tonight, they'll get a taste of Castro's game experience, and he'll be having just as much fun broadcasting as you will have watching.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "It's going to be fun. It's going to be a challenge, but I'm looking forward to it."

"Im pretty excited, we'll see what happens."

Tonight, Castro will add a new ritual to his game day routine, as he posted on Facebook, trying to pick out which tie to wear on air.

In San Antonio, the Spanish broadcast will be on channel 50 and on channel 77 in Austin for Time Warner subscribers.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Mets’ Jeurys Familia suspended 15 games for domestic violence incident

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge won’t make Opening Day roster?

Arkansas athletics fear new gun law could threaten their SEC membership

LeBron on Cavs after loss to Spurs: ‘It’s a delicate time right now’

These nine MLB prop bets should be money in the bank for 2017 season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Vin Scully talks preservation of his Polo Grounds call, first season outside MLB booth

Odell Beckham Jr. once took serious measure to boost ‘Madden’ rating

Report: Raiders could play in San Antonio while Vegas stadium is built

Browns sound willing to give Josh Gordon another chance

Vance Joseph challenges Demaryius Thomas to not ‘ease into games’

Kerr on being fastest coach to 200 wins: ‘I know how lucky I am’

The 'So, is this the last ride for the Dead Man?' quiz

2016 MLB playoff teams that won't make it back this season

Box Score 3/29: Free hats (Caps fans only)

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Box Score 3/28: Wilt's last game

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The 28 craziest ballpark foods for the 2017 season

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'So, is this the last ride for the Dead Man?' quiz

2016 MLB playoff teams that won't make it back this season

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker