Amid a proposed merger with Entercom, CBS Radio has secured one of its top sports radio stars to a long-term contract. Jim Rome will continue to host his three-hour weekday radio show, “The Jim Rome Show,” as well as his daily “Jim Rome’s Daily Jungle” podcast and three editions of early afternoon sports updates, “CBS Sports Minute.”
Rome is heard on hundreds of stations nationwide.
“This is a huge day for the show,” Rome said in a news release, regarding the new multiyear deal with CBS Sports Radio. “CBS Radio is an unbelievable place, everything I had hoped it would be and more. There have been so many exciting changes in the industry and I’m as motivated as ever to capitalize on them with CBS Sports Radio, our affiliates and sponsors, and our business partners at Westwood One. My thanks to [CBS Radio president and CEO] Andre Fernandez, [CBS Radio executive VP of Programming] Chris Oliviero, [CBS Sports Radio director of Programming] Eric Spitz and everyone involved in making CBS Sports Radio a success in the first four years.”
On his radio show, which airs from 12pm-3pm, Rome recounts the day’s biggest sports stories, interviews players and coaches, and interacts with listeners.
“’The Jim Rome Show’ was the critical building block in the successful launch of CBS Sports Radio four years ago, and brought immediate star power and credibility to the network,” said Oliviero. “We now look forward to writing the next chapter together in the storied history of Jim’s show, which has been and continues to be the standard by which all nationally syndicated sports shows are judged.”
Along with his radio duties, Rome also serves as a commentator on “NFL on CBS” and provides analysis and coverage for CBS Sports and CBSSports.com. Before joining CBS Sports Radio, he hosted a weekday half-hour TV show for CBS Sports Network and a sports talk and entertainment show for sister cable network Showtime, and he also has worked for Fox Sports and ESPN. Rome got his first break in sports radio at “XTRA Sports 690” XEWW-AM San Diego, where he created “The Jim Rome Show,” which was first syndicated in 1996.