Ryen Russillo is an American sports host born on August 5, 1975. He is a native of Laramie, Wyoming. He graduate from University of Vermont in 1997 where he was also an intern at WCAX in Burlington. After graduating, Russillo spent his time broadcasting baseball games for the Double A Trenton Thunder before trying to find his niche in sports radio and television in Boston.
Before moving to Hartford, Connecticut, he used to host the show The Die Hards from mid 2003 until 2005 with his co-hosts Anthony Pepe, John Anik, Kevin Winter and Mike Winn in Boston, Massachusetts. At the time, he used to work for the Sporting News Radio affiliate WWZN. Ryenhas worked as a television presenter and now he is currently working as a journalist.
In 2005, Ryen got connected with WBCN and was added to the New England Patriots pregame and postgame shows. But not long after he started, in 2006, Ryen joined ESPN Radio and hosted NBA Sunday with Jamal Mashburn. He has also hosted the Baseball Show with Steve Phillips and the NFL Draft as well as the talking shows which includes Tirico and Van Pelt, The Herd and the Doug Gottlieb Show.
In May 2009, Ryen was named co-host of ESPN Radio’s Scott Van Pelt Show. The format of the show was to present two friends and passionate fans talking about sports with their listeners, leaning on their expertise and experience to discuss the biggest sports stories of the day. Before joining to ESPN, Ryen was a sports voice in Boston. There, he was the host for Comcast Sports Network studio and NBA analyst and also a host for Sporting News Radio. He was also the host for the network’s College Game Day throughout the football season.
Ryen was named Best Radio Voice of 2007 for his work on ESPN Radio by Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch. He praised Ryen’s reasoned approach and knowledge across sports. Russillo was the host of ESPN’s The NBA Today podcast during the NBA season.
It was the network’s #2 most downloaded podcast series. The show was essentially cancelled in December 2012 and was swapped out with NBA Lockdown featuring former NBA player Bruce Bowen. He used to appear regularly on various shows on Comcast Sportsnet New England including New England Sports Tonight with Gary Tanguay and Greg Dickerson. He is also a studio analyst for the Boston Celtics’ television coverage.