A graduate in media communications from California State University, Chico, Russell’s experience in broadcasting is a long and lasting one. After transferring from Fullerton Community College (and campus radio station’s KBPK and KFCR) in Southern California, to CSU, Chico in 1983, he soon was involved with KCHO. He was selected as a student volunteer, new music program host and on-air announcer. From 1985 to late 1990 he dedicated his time to the other campus radio station, the Associated Student’s owned and operated KCSC, where he deejayed, held multiple department head positions and was hired as station manager. In 1987 he began working for Chico’s Rock Radio station KFMF, and their sister stations KALF and KPPL, where he stayed until 1998. He also volunteers his time for Chico’s grass roots community radio station KZFR where he hosts a weekly “80’s college music” program Friday mornings.
Radio isn’t the only broadcast media Russell has experience in. From 1990 to 2010 he worked for local television stations, KCPM (NBC), KCVU (FOX), KRVU (UPN), KUCO (UNI), KNVN (NBC), CW-10 (WB/CW) and KHSL (CBS). For each he worked behind the scenes as coordinator and supervisor for the technical operations department known as Master Control.
“After years of working for commercial broadcast groups, it is good to get back to my roots,” says Russell. “Working at KCHO and with North State Public Radio is like coming home again.”