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SpouseJeanne Lavelle
FactOf Italian and English descent.

Chris Russo is an American sports radio personality. He is best known as co-host of the popular sports talk show “Mike and the Mad Dog” on WFAN in New York City. Russo has been with WFAN since the station’s inception in 1987, and the Mike and the Mad Dog show was syndicated nationally from 1999 to 2008.

Russo was born in Syosset, New York, on October 17, 1959. He is of Italian descent. His father, Frank Russo, was a high school football coach and his mother, Marie Russo, was a homemaker. He has two brothers, John and Tony.

Russo graduated from Fordham University in 1981 with a degree in communications. He began his career in sports radio at WFAN in 1987. He quickly became a fan favorite for his candid and opinionated style.

The Mike and the Mad Dog show was syndicated nationally from 1999 to 2008. During that time, the show became one of the most popular sports talk shows in the country. Russo and his co-host, Mike Francesa, were known for their lively debates and often heated exchanges.

In 2008, Russo left WFAN to join Sirius XM Radio. He currently hosts his own show, “Mad Dog Unleashed,” on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio channel.

Russo is married to Lisa Gioia Russo. They have two children together, a son and a daughter.

Russo has an estimated net worth of $20 million. He earns a salary of $5 million per year from SiriusXM.

General Info

Full NameChris Russo
EducationDarrow School, Rollins College


SpouseJeanne Lavelle
ChildrenColin Russo, Patrick Russo
ParentsVera Russo, Anthony Russo


MoviesUndefeated, Bad Lieutenant

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1Graduate of The Darrow School, whose alumni include Gregory Hughes, Christopher Lloyd and photographer Jane Feldman.
2Of Italian and English descent.
3Hosts "The Mad Dog Sports Show" on his own channel on Sirius XM Radio named Mad Dog Radio.
4Worked at a radio station in Orlando before coming to New York to do sports talk on WMCA.
5Partnered with Mike Francesa on the "Mike & The Mad Dog" radio program on WFAN in New York from 1989 to 2008. A TV version also aired on the YES cable network beginning in 2002.



Undefeated2003TV MovieMike and the Mad Dog (as Christopher Russo)
Bad Lieutenant1992Radio Announcer #1 (voice)


Finding Babe Ruth2015TV MovieHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Sportscaster
Imus in the Morning2013-2014TV SeriesHimself - Radio Talk Show Host
The Early Show2011TV SeriesHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2004-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Clubhouse2004TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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