Your XL Country Afternoon host is a born and raised Montanan, a Marine Corps Veteran, and a Bobcat! Russell grew up in far eastern Sidney, Montana also known as "Almost North Dakota!" In 1999 he moved to Great Falls, Mt where he graduated from GFHS in 2003. After graduation he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Russell had a successful four years in the Marines, but decided after his third tour in Iraq that he wanted to go to college. So at the end of his enlistment he moved to Bozeman. Since in Bozeman hes been a somewhat typical college kid...Changing his major a couple times... almost getting his degree... drinking... floating... camping... Skiing ... working three jobs at once... and most importantly loving his wife Shayla!