Russ Belville is the Executive Director of 420RADIO.org, where he produces the world's only 24-hour live stream source for cannabis news and entertainment broadcasts (http://420radio.org).
"Radical" Russ, as he is known on-air, hosts The Russ Belville Show, a two-hour news and talk radio program for the cannabis community, weekdays at 3pm Pacific on 420RADIO.org. The program is a continuation of the work he did for NORML from 2008-2012, hosting their NORML SHOW LIVE program. With well over 1,000 shows heard by hundreds of thousands of listeners, "Radical" Russ is one of the most recognizable voices in the marijuana media.
Russ's radio career began in 2006 when he won a nationwide talent search for progressive talk radio personalities. After winning five national head-to-head competitions judged by talk radio professionals, including MSNBC's "Big" Ed Schultz, Russ hosted a political talk radio show on XM Satellite radio from 2007-2009, also airing on the then-largest progressive talk radio station in America, Portland's AM 620 KPOJ.
Russ began his marijuana activism in 2005, joining Oregon NORML, the local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, headquartered in Portland. In short time, he was the chapter's Associate Director (2nd in command), web designer, and producer and host of the chapter's cable access television program, Oregon NORML Presents. Soon, he became a featured guest on Cannabis Common Sense, another popular pro-cannabis program produced by The Hemp & Cannabis Foundation.
In 2008 he was hired by National NORML to take on chapter outreach duties and in four years on the job he supervised the creation of 78 new college and local chapters and state affiliates. During his activism, Russ has been a featured speaker at NORML Conferences, Seattle Hempfest, Portland Hempstalk, Boston Freedom Rally, The Baker Institute, and pro-cannabis events in seventeen states and the District of Columbia.