Was working in sports talk radio at a station in Westbury, CT, for $23 a night when hired by ESPN in 1979. Has appeared in various motion pictures, including Little Big League (1994), Kingpin (1996) and The Longest Yard (2005). Has sung onstage with Huey Lewis and the News and appeared in the Hootie and the Blowfish video for "Only Want to Be With You." Won the pro-am portion of golf's Franklin Templeton Shootout in 2005 with partners Peter Jacobsen and Greg Norman. Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010. Received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award given by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. While known for giving sports personalities nicknames during his broadcasts, he is also frequently referred to by his nicknames, Boomer and The Swami.