Perhaps the most respected voice in the world of sports broadcasting, Jim Rome is one of the leading opinion-makers of his generation. Best known for his aggressive, informed, rapid-fire dialogue, Jim has established himself as the top choice of athletes and fans when it is time to know what is going on beyond the scoreboard.
Just this year, Jim signed a multi-year deal with CBS to host Rome, a new half-hour show on CBS Sports Network. He will also host a new sports and entertainment series which will air on Showtime in addition to contributing to CBS sports coverage of the NFL, NCAA basketball and US Open Tennis Championship, among other sporting events. Rome will launch on the CBS Sports Network on April 3, 2012 and the Showtime series will premiere in the fall of 2012.
Rome is also the host of a syndicated radio program, The Jim Rome Show, a.k.a. The Jungle. The show airs on more than 244 radio stations each weekday and boasts millions of listeners. His show on ESPN, Rome Is Burning, signed off in January of 2012 after airing for 6 years.
In addition to his extensive sports broadcasting career, Rome has made cameo appearances alongside Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey in Two For The Money, with Adam Sandler in The Longest Yard and opposite Michael Jordan in Space Jam; appeared in Blink 182’s music video; appeared on HBO’s “Arliss;” and released a CD, Welcome to the Jungle, which features memorable sound bites from frequent callers and the hip music regularly used on his radio show.
Rome previously served as host of the popular program The Last Word with Jim Rome, broadcast nightly on Fox Sports Net, for five years. Prior to The Last Word with Jim Rome, Jim spent a two-year stint hosting ESPN2’s Talk2, a nightly one-hour interview show. Rome began his radio career at KTMS, Santa Barbara as the “$5 dollar-an-hour” traffic reporter and covered UC Santa Barbara’s sports. He left KTMS for San Diego’s all-sports station, XTRA Sports 690. It was during a temporary stint on a late-night show for the station that Rome debuted his “smack” (Jungle Glossary term meaning sports talk in a gloating, uninhibited or unbridled manner). The style yielded high ratings, and, by acclimation of his listeners, The Jungle was born. In 1996, to further keep up with demand, Premiere Radio Networks acquired exclusive syndication rights and the program continues to pick-up affiliates throughout the country.
Rome graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1987, with a degree in Communications. He currently resides in Los Angeles.