Rob DeMello, the “Rob” in the “Rob and Russ” sports radio show on AM-1500, will no longer be with the show after July 16. DeMello,who is also a reporter and weekend anchor at KITV, is stepping back from the three-hour, twice weekly show, citing professional and personal demands on his time. Rob and his wife Christie have a baby daughter, Naomi.
Rob will still do some producing work at 1500 and “I’m not ruling out coming back in some capacity,” he said.
His last show is July 16. Russell Yamanoha is expected to remain as a host, but no successor to DeMello has been named.
Rob’s smart not to overextend himself and priorities change with a growing family. But the sooner he’s back on the radio, the better for Hawaii sports fans.
-By Dave Reardon