Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo are getting the band back together after a four year hiatus of working solo. Russillo announced on his podcast, The Russillo Show, that Van Pelt and he will be coming back together for a monthly podcast called SVP & Russillo.
“Yes, we’re bringing back the radio show and we’re doing a podcast version of it,” Russillo said during his show. “It will not be five days a week. It may not be five days a month. It’s probably even gonna be a lot less than that. But we will do a limited version of it because Scott and I want to do something like that. We miss working together and we’d like to get something a little bit more regular than just the sporadic time that we have him on this podcast.”
A release date for the first episode hasn’t been announced yet, though Russillo will be traveling to Bristol to record it.
“You and I were really lucky to do something that I think we both loved,” Van Pelt said during a call-in of Russillo’s show. “And you and I have also been lucky to be able to do things separately that I think we both love and things worked out okay. But you and I have also ended up on the phone and have half-hour conversations and laugh and at the end of them say, well, that could be a podcast, so why don’t we just do this and we don’t we just give people what they want… I don’t know if people are gonna be psyched…that this is sort of back, or if they’re gonna be pissed because maybe they thought this meant we were gonna be doing three hours a day on their radio.”
Beginning as The Scott Van Pelt Show in 2009, the duo shared the studio and rebranded as SVP & Russillo in 2012. The syndicated show dominated ESPN Radio through 2015 until Van Pelt took SportsCenter’s midnight anchor position.
Russillo kept the show running as The Ryen Russillo Show until a 2017 contract dispute ended it. He stayed with ESPN for various platforms and switched his show over to his current podcast.