"It was often the most enjoyable part of the desk shift. He was the best audience, because he loved to laugh and joke. We would volley one-liners and sarcastic cracks about sports and journalism and living in New York City back and forth," Russo said. "He was a bundle of hyperactive energy. His passion about journalism was so admirable. His cynical passion for Cleveland sports and Michigan football was so fun. And he really cared for people."