Rusty Humphries

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Rusty Humphries
Rusty Humphries at 2013 CPAC.jpg
Born Ralph Edward Humphries
(1965-08-29) August 29, 1965 (age 48)
Residence Phoenix, Arizona
Occupation Radio personality
Website
talktorusty.com

Ralph Edward "Rusty" Humphries (born August 29, 1965) is an American radio host, conservative political commentator, and songwriter. Humphries' nationally syndicated radio show, The Rusty Humphries Show, based in Phoenix, Arizona, airs on over 250 stations through Talk Radio Network.

Early life and career[edit]

Career[edit]

Humphries has hosted as a substitute radio shows in New York, Dallas, San Diego, Atlanta, and Fort Wayne, Indiana.[citation needed] He has also substituted at radio stations in Chicago, Los Angeles,[1] Seattle, Kansas City,[1] and Portland, Oregon.[2]

Humphries was named one of "America's 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts" for 12 years in a row, and he was nominated as "Talk Personality Of The Year" by Radio & Records in 2006.[3] Humphries was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame as its youngest inductee ever.[3] He is ranked number 14 in the Talkers Magazine "Heavy Hundred" for 2013.[4]

After his two "Rusty Humphries' Salute to the American Veterans" concerts drew a sold out crowd on Veterans Day in 1999 and 2000, Humphries was named "Reno's #1 local entertainer."[2]

Humphries has produced five musical albums, including Bomb Iraq: Rusty Humphries Takes On the Terrorists, and Greeting From America: Wish You Were Here, a compilation album made for American troops serving in Iraq.[citation needed]

Shock Jock[edit]

Humphries tried, unsuccessfully, to "smuggle" a toy knife, a gun, and hand grenades into the DFW Airport as an on-radio shock jock stunt on January 15, 1991. He was arrested for the hoax, done as a personality for KEGL-FM (97.1 FM) based in nearby Fort Worth, Texas.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Humphries graduated from Mount Rainier High School of Des Moines, Washington in 1983.[6]

Humphries is a singer/songwriter. Rusty has two young daughters, Katelynn and Karaline. Humphries' first wife, Ami Kathleen, died on July 17, 2008, after a long-battle with interstitial cystitis.[7] Humphries discussed her death when he returned to the air on July 28, 2008. Humphries married Tricia Lyons in Hawaii on Valentine's Day 2010.

Humphries' father was killed in the Vietnam War on January 26, 1969.[8][9][10]

Humphries helped raise $50,000 as part of Nevada's contribution for the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.[11]

Partial discography[edit]

  • Bogged Down by Reality (as "Rusty and the Boneheads") (1993)
  • Bomb Iraq: Rusty Humphries Takes On the Terrorists (February 2003)
  • Greeting From America: Wish You Were Here
  • Thank Allah I'm a Jihad Boy (October 2006)[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brass, Kevin (1989-11-06). "Guild Gives Its Negotiators Strike Authorization at U-T". Los Angeles Times. p. F2. "KKLQ (Q106) has hired Rusty Humphries from KBEQ in Kansas City, to supplement its morning show." 
  2. ^ a b "The Rusty Humphries Show 9pm - 11pm". WLOB Radio. 
  3. ^ a b "Rusty Humphries joins WND columnist lineup". World Net Daily. May 15, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Heavy Hundred 2013". Talkers Magazine. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ St. Pierre, Nancy (January 16, 1991). "D/FW accuses 1 in hoax KEGL worker named in toy-gun smuggling". The Dallas Morning News. 
  6. ^ http://namesdatabase.com/people/HUMPHRIES/RUSTY/31498523
  7. ^ "Wife of Rusty Humphries succumbs to long-battled illness". Radio Business Report. July 25, 2008. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (November 8, 2002). "Equipment, donations stolen at Moving Wall in Reno". "The theft infuriated KOH radio host Rusty Humphries, who helped bring the display to Reno. His father, Army Capt. Gary Humphries was killed in Vietnam in 1969." 
  9. ^ "Radio Interview with General Bell on the Rusty Humphries Show". New York Jewish Times Magazine. 2006. Retrieved November 3, 2007. 
  10. ^ http://army.togetherweserved.com/army/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=DecorationExt&ID=1819171
  11. ^ "Assembly Bill 278: Makes appropriations for establishment of national memorial for World War II veterans and for preservation and maintenance of Nevada Veterans Center and Museum. (BDR S-247)". Minutes of the meeting of the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means. Nevada State Legislature. March 22, 2001. 
  12. ^ "Radio host's CD pokes fun at terrorists". World Net Daily. October 27, 2006. 

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