Chris Russo will be yelling until he’s hoarse on SiriusXM satellite radio for at least the next three years, thanks to a new extension announced Tuesday.
The deal means the former Mike and the Mad Dog host will continue to host Mad Dog Unleashed weekdays from 3-6 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio channel. Russo launched Mad Dog Sports Radio in 2008, and the network now has a full lineup of daily sports talk, with shows hosted by Stephen A. Smith, Adam Schein and others.
Here’s what Russo and a SiriusXM executive had to say about the new contract, via a press release:
“I am proud of what Mad Dog Sports Radio has become and continue to believe this is the best place in all of radio,” said Russo. “After 30 years of broadcasting, my excitement to come to work every day and talk sports with all of America is as strong as ever due to the freedom SiriusXM provides. So stay tuned, America. There’s plenty of bark left in the Doggie!”
“Mad Dog Sports Radio is simply the best all-sports talk radio channel in the country. Chris helped develop the channel eight years ago and remains one of the most compelling and respected voices in all of sports media,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “He is truly a one-of-a-kind talent, a sports radio legend, and we’re very pleased to have him on SiriusXM for years to come.”
Russo also hosts High Heat, a baseball talk show on MLB Network featuring the same loud and abrasive style the host employs on the radio.
Satellite radio still seems like a good fit for Russo. He’s kind of an, uh, acquired taste, and this way the listeners who enjoy his style can seek him out on SiriusXM and those who don’t never really have to hear from him.