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Interview: ESPN Radio's Ryen Russillo, Co-Host of 'The Scott Van Pelt Show'

ESPN Radio's The Scott Van Pelt Show co-host Ryen Russillo | Photo by Joe Faraoni courtesy of ESPN
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Despite what you may have read on Wikipedia, Ryen Russillo is not a native of Compton or Inglewood. Russillo can, however, be heard in Compton, Inglewood and throughout the area weekdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on AM 830 KLAA co-hosting "The Scott Van Pelt Show."

The duo of Van Pelt and Russillo have put together a show that is refreshingly different from what you've come to expect from sports talk radio; it's informative, entertaining, hilarious and their knowledge of old school hip-hop just might shock you. The SVP Show, which began in the summer of 2009, has successfully picked up numerous additional markets, like LA, and has even expanded to a three-hour show.

We think Ryen is good, really good, but don't just take our word for it. When the guy whose name is on the show was asked about his co-host in late 2009, Van Pelt told The Boston Globe “The minute I heard him, I listened and I stayed listening.’’ Van Pelt, who can be seen most weeknights anchoring ESPN's flagship show -- SportsCenter added, “In this business, that’s the best endorsement you can give.’’

LAist had the chance to exchange emails with Russillo, who is actually a native of Martha's Vineyard, MA, to discuss Van Pelt's talents, Lakers fans' sensitivity, USC's future, Del the Funky Homosapien's ability to rap circles around anyone and a whole lot more. Additionally, we may or may not get into what goes on after-hours in Jeremy Shockey's Las Vegas hotel room. As an added bonus, Ryen manages to go third person on us while talking about how much "Fight On" used to fire him up.