Russ began his career in jazz radio by creating a special program called Jazz Flavours in 1978 at WQXI-FM in Atlanta. The Program was a combination of acoustic and electric jazz with modern jazzy vocals. The format later morphed into a softer form that became known as the NAC format which became popular on radio stations all around the world.
The popularity of Jazz Flavours allowed Russ to move to New York in 1988 to work as music director and on air presenter for the start up of contemporary jazz station WQCD-FM (CD 101.9). He worked there until 1998 and during those ten years developed and produced a syndicated version of the Jazz Flavours show as well as an interview program titled Conversations.
His work with international jazz programming began in the 1990's and continues today. He has produced jazz programs that have been heard regularly in Japan (Japan FM Network and Bay FM 78 in Tokyo) and England (Two years with London and Manchester based Jazz FM) as well as worldwide on the U.S. Government service The Voice of America (VOA).
Russ began producing and presenting the two-hour, weekly program Jazz America for VOA on July 4th, 1999. It continues today and is heard worldwide each weekend by an estimated audience of 134 million listeners.