Michael's career has spanned the spectrum of news, entertainment and politics. He hosted the nationally syndicated The Daily Wrap from the Wall Street Journal Radio Network. The show originated from New York City and was heard on almost 100 stations. Most recently Michael hosted both morning and afternoon drive for heritage iHeart Radio station KEX in Portland, Oregon.
Castner was the host of Bonneville International's trendsetting Nightside Project which was heard in Salt Lake City,Washington D.C. and Phoenix.
Michael served as Communications Guru for the Utah State Senate. His role was to help integrate technology into the messaging for the senate body. Castner introduced daily live streaming press conferences. “When I was a student growing up in Utah we didn’t get to see how laws were made and what our political leaders were up to. My mission was to bring the affairs of the state into homes and schools across the state”. In addition Castner and the senate team implemented text messaging for citizens to get looped into daily events and breaking news. The project was labeled Government 2.0. The groundbreaking program was presented to state and international legislative bodies at conferences around the world.
Prior to that Michael was a host on the E! Channel. During the 15 years he aired on E! Michael covered the red carpet and hosted his own talk show. Michael joined E! after a stint as London bureau chief for Entertainment Tonight.
He covered the White House and State Department for Tribune Broadcasting and then went on to serve as press adviser to then congressional candidate Joseph P. Kennedy II.
Castner not only talks about the issues, but he gets involved. In 2008, while in Utah, Castner pushed for what he called "The Puppy Torture" bill, making animal abuse a felony statewide. Castner received a standing ovation on the floor of the Utah Senate for his efforts to get the bill passed. It was signed into law by Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. More recently, on WRNO-FM Castner hosted a series of shows on cyber-bullying. This led Castner to ask for a law addressing the issue in Louisiana schools. After Castner testified before House and Senate committees the bill passed unanimously. It was signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal. Most recently Castner persuaded Washington Governor Chris Gregoire to send a letter to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie detailing her change of opinion on marriage equality.
Michael was the recipient of a National Press Foundation Fellowship Grant and has won awards from the Texas Associated Press for Best Investigative Reporting and Feature Reporting.
He was once in the Hollywood Christmas Parade with Mario Lopez and Screech from Saved by the Bell. Don't ask.