Podcasting is the “new” frontier radio personalities are turning to for new projects, rejuvenation, and more freedom of expression. Add to the list former ESPN Radio co-hosts Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo and their new podcast SVP & Russillo. The one-hour offering will debut June 3. After three monthly editions, in September the show will become bi-weekly. Their former ESPN Radio show was heard for six years weekday afternoons until mid-2015.
“We just figured, if we are going to talk on the phone for 45 minutes, we might as well record it and make it a podcast,” said Van Pelt. “We enjoyed our time together on radio, and it’s amazing the loyalty and appetite our listeners still have for us. I couldn’t be more fired up.”
Russillo added, “It’s been a few years since we stopped doing the show and I’ve always been amazed how many times people come up to me and say how much they still miss it. It was a daily part of people’s lives. Even people at ESPN who have different roles and positions today say how much they loved the show. We both knew we would do something again. I’m just happy it’s still with ESPN.”
Tom Ricks, ESPN VP, Digital Strategy and Marketing within ESPN Audio, said, “We’ve been looking to reignite the chemistry and fun Scott and Ryen had when on radio together. They are smart and entertaining and resonated with a loyal fan base who will enjoy them in the format of a podcast.”