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The arrest of Rush Limbaugh:

He's clearly one of the most compelling and controversial voices on the radio, with millions of loyal fans who agree with him straight up and down the line and millions of critics who mock and deride him.

Rush Limbaugh's coined phrases like femi-nazi's, made controversial comments about American blacks and gays, and has criticized environmentalists and climate science. He also spends a lot of time mocking President Barack Obama and his Administration.

Rush began his career in radio as a teenager in 1967 in his hometown of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, under the name Rusty Sharpe.

Rush Limbaugh early in his career

He dropped out of Southeast Missouri State University and moved to McKeesport, Pennsylvania and by 1972 was at a small AM radio station near Pittsburgh, WIXZ.

He worked his way up the radio ladder the old fashioned way…

Rush Limbaugh when he was a disc jockey

…as a disc jockey in small market stations with low power transmitters.

He even left radio in 1979 and took a job as director of promotions for the Kansas City Royals' baseball team.

Rush Limbaugh promotion when working for the Kansas City Royals

But by 1984, he took a job as a talk host on KFBK, Sacramento and the stars started to align for him. He moved to New York in 1988 and took his talk show national and never looked back,

Rush Limbaugh hosting his national talk show in the late 1980's

For instance, Talkers' Magazine named him Number One in its "Heavy Hundred" most important talk show hosts in 2007.

But while Rush's been quick to point out what he sees as the shortcomings in others, he's had his own skeletons.

Rush Limbaugh on the cover of the Enquirer

In October 2003, the "National Enquirer" reported that the controversial conservative talker was being investigated for illegally obtaining the prescription drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Rush Limbaugh coverage on tv about his prescription pain killer problem

He admitted he was addicted to prescription pain killers because of botched back surgery.

In April 2006, a warrant for Limbaugh's arrest was issued on charges of "doctor shopping". Rush was booked, fingerprinted and had a mug shot taken, although he wasn't put into handcuffs.

After paying $3000 bail he was released and later pleaded not guilty. Following three years of haggling, prosecutors agreed to drop the charge if Limbaugh would pay $30,000 to help offset the costs of the investigation.

Limbaugh took the deal but insisted he was innocent adding that the state's offer proved they never really had a case.

And his radio stardom continues to roll on …

Rush Limbaugh smoking a cigar the delight of his fans and the chagrin of his critics, who he knows would like to see his punished.

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