Upstate radio personality dies

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Upstate radio talk show host Russ Cassell, 60, passed away at his home on Saturday.

Cassell was the host of "The Russ Cassell Show," a popular weekday morning talk show on WORD-FM, where he worked for the past 20 years.

"There are some radio personalities who are larger than life. That was Cassell," said WORD Operations Manager Bob McLain. "He was passionate about what he believed and was dedicated to keeping people informed."

According to the Greenville County Coroner's Office, a deputy coroner was called to Cassell's home Saturday morning and determined that Cassell died from natural causes.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

The station will remember and pay tribute to Cassell with special programming from 8 a.m. to 12 noon during the week of October 13.
For more information on Cassell and/or to view his biography, visit