As expected, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo has landed a five-year contract with Sirius XM Radio, the satcaster announced Tuesday (Aug. 19). Russo, formerly one-half of the Mike and the Mad Dog Show on WFAN-AM, will headline a new sports Talk channel.
The five-year contract was reportedly worth about $15 million.
Beginning Sept. 15, Russo will host The Mad Dog Sports Show weekday afternoons from 2 to 7 p.m. ET on the newly-launched Mad Dog Radio channels on Sirius channel 123 and XM channel 144. The simulcast channels will cover the spectrum of sports with Talk, interviews, news and live remotes from sporting events.
Last week, Russo called it quits with his partner of 19-years, Mike Francesa, who signed a multi-year contract with CBS Radio and will continue to host afternoon drive on WFAN-AM in New York.
Russo's new Talk program will be the first original show available on both Sirius and XM.
"With the huge sports audiences Sirius and XM have, it is fitting that our first major talent announcement following the merger," said Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer for Sirius XM Radio.
Preceding his official debut, Russo will host special preview shows over the next month.