ESPN’s Rusillo agrees to extension

October 5, 2012

ESPN Radio’s Ryen Russillo has agreed to a multi-year contract extension, prompting a change to the name of the network’s afternoon show from The Scott Van Pelt Show, to SVP & Russillo (1-4 p.m. ET M-F, simulcast 1-3 p.m. ESPNEWS).

Russillo was named co-host of ESPN Radio’s Scott Van Pelt Show in May, 2009. Additionally, Russillo hosts the network’s College GameDay (noon-7 p.m. Saturdays throughout the football season).

“Over the last three years The Scott Van Pelt Show has been my number one priority, and I couldn’t be happier, that for the next few years it will remain my priority,” Russillo says. “I believe in the direction of this show and am really looking forward to where we are going.”

Russillo joined ESPN Radio in February 2006, and has hosted NBA Sunday with Jamal Mashburn, The Baseball Show, and the NFL Draft. He has also filled in on talk shows including Tirico and Van Pelt, and The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

Prior to joining ESPN, Russillo was a sports voice in Boston, Mass. where he was a Comcast Sports Network studio host and NBA analyst, and a Sporting News Radio host. Previously, he was play-by-play voice of the Trenton (N.J.) Thunder, the Boston Red Sox Double A team. Russillo, a native of West Tisbury, Mass., is a 1997 graduate of the University of Vermont.

The Scott Van Pelt Show made its debut on ESPN Radio in July, 2009. The show’s format is to present two friends and passionate fans talking sports with their listeners, leaning on their expertise and experience (Scott’s SportsCenter, golf and college sports; Ryen’s the NBA and college football from hosting ESPN Radio’s College GameDay) to discuss and debate the day’s biggest sports stories.

SVP & Russillo features the “Best Available Video” (2:58 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS); “Carl’s Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week” (animation, Fridays during the NFL season) special NCAA Final Four brackets decided by listener votes (in 2012 Tupac Shakur bested Eminem in the MC Bracket finals in a close race), and Scott’s “One Big Thing,” (daily at 2:45 p.m.) among the features that showcase their personalities.