Was still a teen when he began his radio career as a DJ under the moniker Rusty Sharpe. Penned The Way Things Ought to Be (1992) and See, I Told You So (1993). Inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998. Was in the running for an analyst job on Monday Night Football in 2000, but lost out to comedian Dennis Miller. Got a cochlear implant in January 2002 to restore his hearing, most of which had been lost to autoimmune-inner-ear disease. Entered rehab in 2003 for an addiction to prescription painkillers. Supports the fight against blood cancers by hosting an annual fund-raiser, the Leukemia-Lymphoma Cure-a-Thon, on his radio program. Is a supporter of the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, which assists children of marines and law enforcement individuals who were killed on duty. Enjoys golfing, and was coached by instructor Hank Haney on Season 3 of The Haney Project on the Golf Channel in 2011. Launched Two if by Tea, a line of bottled iced-tea beverages, in June 2011.