Chris Russo

Christopher Michael Russo is a popular American radio personality popularly known as Chris Russo. Russo is nicknamed Mad Dog from the former show he co-hosted, Mike and the Mad Dog Sports radio alongside Mike Francesca. The program was broadcasted on WFAN. In August 2008, he joined Sirius XM Radio and started operating his own channel, Mad Dog Radio. He is the host of Mad Dog Unleashed Sirius XM Ch. 82 Mad Dog Sports Radio.

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Biography and Early Life

Chris Russo was born on 18 October 1959 in Syosset, New York. He was born as an only child to Anthony Michael and Vera Russo. His father came from Flushing, Queens, while his mother from England. His father died in 2013.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Chris Russo in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Chris Russo’s age is 61 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 18 October 1959. Though, he is 6′ 00″ in feet and inches and 183 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 165 lbs in Pound and 75 kg in Kilograms.


Russo attended Darrow School, which is in New Lebanon, New York. After graduating, he joined Rollins College, which is near Orlando, Florida, and graduated with a degree in History. For one whole spring, he was at the Cranleigh School in the South of London in his mother’s homeland. He spent one semester at Sydney University, Australia, where he studied Australian History and literature.

From 1984 to 1987, Russo worked for WKIS before joining WFAN. He also worked for WMCA in New York from 1987 to 1988. Because of his accent, the people of Central Florida did not understand him, and he was sent to a speech therapist twice a week by the station. The nickname “Mad Dog” was given to him BY Bob Raissman as his radio approach reminded him of a wrestler, Maurice Vachon, also going by the same nickname.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Russo has been married to Jeanne Lavelle for a long time now. Their wedding was on 6 May 1995. The couple is blessed with four children, namely, Timmy, Kiera, Colin, and Patrick. His son Colin is also a radio presenter and debuted his radio presentation on WFAN, his father’s old-time slot, on 30 December 2020. Colin co-hosted with Sonny Carton, the son of a long0time host, Craig Carton. He lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his family.

Is Chris Russo Gay?

No. Russo is straight as far as sexual orientation is concerned. He is neither gay nor bisexual and has never had such rumors. He has been married to one wife his entire life and is blessed with four children. They are neither fighting nor planning to divorce.

Professional Career

Russo began his professional career in 1984 and worked for WKIS between 1984 and 1987 and later WMCA between 1987 and 1988. In December 1988, he joined WFAN broadcasting overnight, weekend, and fill-in host. Don Imus, the former host of WFAN Morning Show, introduced Russo on his show as a sports reporter.

After working with Imus, he got his own weekend show on Saturday Mornings. Russo was paired with Mike Francesca, who was hosting a mid-morning show. Their show was named Mike and the Mad Dog and was launched on 5 September 1989 to replace the Pete Franklin show, which aired from 3 to 7 pm.

Russo reached an agreement on 14 August 2008 for WFAN to release him from his contract. The following day, he called Francesca during the show for an emotional goodbye. They reunited on a one-hour show at Yankee Stadium on 16 October 2009. Russo joined Francesca on 30 March 2016 on Radio City Music Hall for a Mike and the Mad Dog reunion.

Russo signed a contract with Sirius XM Radio for five years on 19 August 2008 for their new sports talk channel, which was named Mad Dog Radio. He also hosts an anchor program in the channel Mad Dog Unleashed. Russo is a writer also and has published two books, one in2003 and the other one in 2006.

Russo also had a deal with Sirius XM to host a show on MLB Network TV, “High Heat.” He had signed a three-year contract in September 2016 but renewed it in April 2019 for four more years.


Russo has not yet received any awards from his career. However, his broadcasting personality is a recognized one, and his voice has been noted by many. His greatest achievement in his career is having his own channel at Sirius XM radio, where he hosts American sports talk personalities.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Chris Russo in 2021

As of 2021, Russo has an estimated net worth of $25 million. His annual estimated salary is $3 million. He worked with various channels in the past before signing a four-year contract with Sirius XM Radio. While working with Sirius XM Radio, he started his own channel going by the name Mad Dog Radio. Russo has also authored two books that have added to his wealth.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • Russo is a big fan of the San Francisco Giants.
  • He speaks in a quick manner and is known for his whistles and greetings “good afternoon everybody” at the beginning of his show with Mike Francesca.

Chris Russo has one of the best voices, and this has helped him to secure contracts with various channels. After leaving WFAN, he joined Sirius XM Radio and was allowed to start his own channel, Mad Dog Channel. He is one of the most famous people because of his unique voice.


Facts of Christopher Michael Russo

  • Gender Male
  • full nameChristopher Michael Russo
  • birthplaceSyosset, New York, United States
  • Date of Birth October 18, 1959
  • Age 64 years 9 months
  • Horoscope Libra
  • Lucky Number 7
  • Lucky Stone Peridot
  • Lucky Color Blue
  • Best Match for Marriage Gemini
  • nationalityAmerican
  • religionUnknown
  • net worth$25 million
  • professionRadio personality
  • weightIn Kilograms – 75 Kg, In Pounds – 165 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 183 cm, In Feet and Inches – 6′ 0″
  • hair colorBlack
  • eye colorDark brown
  • high schoolDarrow School

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