Jim Rome

Jim Rome Jumps to CBS Sports Radio

Since Jim Rome moved his television program Rome to the CBS Sports Network and CBS announced it would be launching a national radio network, there was talk of Rome bringing his radio show with him to CBS.  That talk became reality today as CBS announced that The Jim Rome Show will have a new home on CBS Sports Radio.

The Jim Rome Show will air on the CBS Sports Radio Network from 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. ET beginning January 2nd.  Rome will also contribute daily commentary as part of the network’s CBS Sports Minute.  Rome will also provide commentary for CBS Sports and CBS Sports.com.  He will also be hosting a talk series for Showtime, which will air later this Fall on the premium network.

“Jim would be at the top of any list highlighting sports radio’s most authoritative and opinionated hosts which is exactly why we’re thrilled to welcome him to CBS Sports Radio,” said Dan Mason, President and CEO, CBS RADIO.  “We are building a network that showcases the incredible assets of CBS RADIO and CBS Sports, and creating a strategic opportunity for growth in this untapped marketplace.  Jim’s presence in this marquee timeperiod adds strength to our lineup and exceptional value to our advertisers.”

“I am excited for the continued opportunity to extend my personal contributions to the various platforms that this incredible company has to offer,” said Rome. “I am proud to be a part of the CBS family and look forward to the successful launch of CBS Sports Radio.”

Sports Media Weekly No. 107- Boston Sports Blogapalooza

We have a full program for the latest edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I start the show by talking more ratings numbers, this time for the NBA Finals and the U.S. Open Golf Championship.

We then look at the sports radio battle last week between NBA Commissioner David Stern and host Jim Rome.

We wrap up the news segment by looking at what NBC may have left on the cutting room floor when Bob Costas interviewed former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky last fall.

This week’s interviews come courtesy of Ken as he attended this past weekend’s Boston Sports Blogapalooza event featuring Beantown area sports bloggers and journalists.  Ken talks with organizer Joe Gill, blogger Kat Hasenauer, Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com, and Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.

Sports Media Digest- March 29, 2012

Rome Debuts Tuesday on CBS Sports Network- Jim Rome’s new daily television program, Rome, is set for its debut this Tuesday on his new television home at CBS Sports Network.  The daily telecast at 6:00p.m. ET will feature Rome along with regular contributors including Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com, Will Carroll of SI.com and Jason Whitlock and Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com. The contributors will join Rome to break down the day’s major news stories with perspective and analysis.

ESPN to Provide International Coverage of Men’s FInal Four- ESPN has the international rights to televise the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. ESPN International will produce and distribute the action to more than 200 countries around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom. Mark Brown and Fran Fraschilla will call all the action of the national semifinals and finals.

NBA Action on ESPN and ABC-  ESPN and ABC will provide double header NBA coverage both Friday and Sunday.  Friday on ESPN at 8:00p.m. the Dallas Mavericks will take on the Orlando Magic.  Mike Breen and analyst Chris Mullin will call the game. at 10:30p.m. ET the Los Angeles Clippers  will host the Portland Trail Blazers.  Dave Pasch, Jon Barry, and Ric Bucher will be on hand.  The Sunday twin bill on ABC tips-off at 1:00p.m. ET as the Chicago Bulls take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Ric Bucher will call the action.  At 3:30p.m. ET the Miami Heat take on the Boston Celtics with Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Lisa Salters reporting.

NASCAR Sprint Cup from Martinsville Sunday on Fox- Fox is set to telecast this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race from the short track in Martinsville.  Race coverage begins wt 12:30p.m. ET Sunday with Chris Myers, Darrell Waltrip, and Michael Waltrip providing pre-race commentary.  Mike Joy will be joined by Darrel Waltrip and Larry McReynolds for coverage ofthe race.

Sony Ericsson Open Semifinals on ESPN-  ESPN will have live coverage of both men’s semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open tomorrow afternoon.  The first match will begin at 3:00p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3.  Semifinal #2 is slated to begin at 7:00p.m. ET.  Chris Fowler will call matches with Cliff Drysdale, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert and Patrick McEnroe.

Road to the Kentucky Derby Continues this Weekend with the Florida Derby on NBC Sports Network-  We are about a month away from the Kentucky Derby and NBC Sports Network will look at some of the contenders for the big race who will compete this weekend at the Florida Derby.  NBCSN will also provide coverage of the Gulfstream Okas from Gulfstream Park. Race coverage begins Saturday at 5:00p.m. ET with Tom Hammond, Gary Stevens and Randy Moss anchoring the coverage.  Bob Neumeier, Kenny Rice and Christina Oliveras will report from the race and Larry Collmus, NBC’s Triple Crown race-caller will call both races on Saturday.

Jim Nantz to Remember 1987 Masters-  The CBS Sports Spectacular on Sunday April 8th will feature a special by Jim Nantz looking back at the 25th anniversary of Larry Mize’s win at the Masters.  Jim Nantz Remembers Augusta: The 1987 Masters airs on April 8th at 1:00p.m. ET just prior to the network’s final round coverage of this year’s tournament.

Supercorss on CBS Sports Spectacular-  This weekend’s CBS Sports Spectacular will feature the Monster Energy AMA Supercross.  Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig and Erin Bates call the action for CBS Sports beginning Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 87- Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken and I start the show by talking about the official word that Jim Rome will be leaving ESPN later this month to join CBS.  Rome will start his new program called, what else, Rome, on April 4th.

Ken and I also talk about the weekend ratings for the NFL Wild Card games and numbers for Monday’s BCS Championship on ESPN.

Our guest this week is Matt Yoder, Managing Editor of Awful Announcing.  Awful Announcing was one of the first sports blogs devoted to sports media and Matt shares with us his work at the site.  Matt also gets into his (and Ken’s) sudden respect for Joe Buck since he’s been writing on Twitter, and his pick for the best NFL announcing team calling games this weekend.

Jim Rome Leaves ESPN for CBS Sports

Jason McIntyre at The Big Lead broke the story last week and it is now official, Jim Rome will be leaving ESPN and joining CBS Sports.

CBS made the news official today, announcing that Rome will be appearing on multiple platforms for the corporation.  Rome’s main responsibility will be as host of a daily half-hour program entitled Rome, which will air at 6:00p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network.  That program will begin airing on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Rome will also host a new sports and entertainment series on Showtime and contribute to CBS Sports’ coverage of the NFL, NCAA basketball and U.S. Open Tennis Championships, as well as other select events.   Rome, and content from the new shows, will be featured on CBS interactive platforms including CBSSports.com.  The Showtime series is slated to start later this fall.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jim Rome to the CBS family,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports in a press release. “Jim is a high profile, marquee talent who elevates our overall sports coverage and is a perfect fit within the growing platforms of CBS Sports and Showtime Sports.”

“I am ecstatic to be joining the CBS family,” saidRome. “I’m fired up for the launch of Rome on CBS Sports Network this spring and excited to be collaborating with Showtime–a creative, dynamic network allowing me to host and create something completely original and fresh. Being asked to contribute to CBS Sports on its coverage of the NFL, NCAA basketball, U.S. Open Tennis Championships, as well as other events is a realization of a lifelong dream. CBS Sports is the pinnacle.  And I’m ready to get after it.”

The Big Lead reports that Rome’s ESPN program, Rome is Burning, will end on the network later this month.

Photo courtesy Jim Rome.com

SMJ Sports Radio Madness- Jim Rome (2) vs. David Stein (23)

We’ve already seen #1 fall in the SMJ Sports Radio Madness Tournament. Will #2 survive? It’s Jim Rome against the surprising David Stein of Sporting News Radio in this quarterfinal match-up.

Jim Rome- Perhaps the most respected voice in the world of sports broadcasting, Jim Rome is the leading opinion-maker of his generation. As host of the nation’s premiere sports radio talk show, Rome is 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. Get more about Jim Rome here.

David Stein- The David Stein Show has broken the boundaries of traditional sports talk radio. David is transforming the lives of people across the country and around the world through his visionary approach to issues affecting the world of sports and how those issues affect our lives.
The David Stein Show is heard on 115 radio stations, including The Score in Chicago, The Ticket in Dallas, KILT in Houston, Sports Radio 950 in Philadelphia, WXYT in Detroit, 106.7 Free FM in Washington DC, Supertalk FM 96.5 in Cincinnati and FMTalk 93.9 in Indianapolis and 1010 XL in Jacksonville. More about David here.

Voting ends March 26th at 6pm ET.


SMJ Sports Radio Madness- Jim Rome (2) vs. Freddie Coleman (18)

As our SMJ Sports Radio Madness competition continues we have our number two seed, Jim Rome, going up against Freddie Coleman of ESPN Radio.

Jim Rome- Perhaps the most respected voice in the world of sports broadcasting, Jim Rome is the leading opinion-maker of his generation. As host of the nation’s premiere sports radio talk show, Rome is 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. Get more about Jim Rome here.

Freddie Coleman- Freddie D. Coleman joined ESPN on June 26, 2004 as a co-host of GameNight, which is carried by more than 300 affiliates nationwide nightly from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. ET (or starting at 7:30 p.m. following the 30-minute radio-version of ESPN’s popular Pardon the Interruption on some stations). Coleman’s co-hosting chores are Friday through Monday. Find out more about Freddie here.

Voting ends on March 19th.


The Best Talkers?

Talkers Magazine is one of the more respected industry publications covering talk radio. Each year they present the “Talkers 250”…what they call a list of the most important radio talk show hosts in America.

Ranking these talk radio hosts is no easy task. There are close to 5,000 radio talk shows across the country. As part of their report, Talkers list the “Heavy Hundred”, those at the top of their ranking. Here is part of their criteria on how they devise their list:

The Talkers Magazine editors…draw upon a combination of hard and soft factors when evaluating candidates. These include (in alphabetical order): courage, effort, impact, longevity, potential, ratings, recognition, revenue, service, talent, and uniqueness. We acknowledge that it is as much art as science and that the results are arguable.

Many of those at the top of the list are conservative talk radio hosts, with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity at #1 and #2 respectively. What’s interesting is that there are some sports radio hosts in the top 100 and even more as part of the greater list of 250.

Here are the sports radio hosts that rank in Talkers “Heavy Hundred”:

29. Jim Rome– Premiere Radio Network
42. Mike & the Mad Dog– WFAN New York
47. Mike & Mike– ESPN Radio
60. Mitch Albom– WJR Detroit (He doesn’t host a sports talk show but is a renowned sports columnist)
63. Boomer & Carton– WFAN New York
91. Glenn Ordway– WEEI Boston

We can debate whether these sports radio hosts deserve to be on this list, but you can’t deny all of them have achieved, at the very least, respect within the industry.

Here are the other sports radio host listed as part of “Talkers 250″ (in alphabetical order):

Ralph Barbieri & Tom Tolbert– KNBR, San Francisco
Angelo Cataldi– WIP, Philadelphia
Colin Cowherd– ESPN Radio
John Dennis & Gerry Callahan– WEEI, Boston
George Dunham & Craig Miller– KTCK, Dallas
Howard Eskin– WIP, Philadelphia
Adam Gold– WRBZ, Raleigh
JT the Brick– Fox Sports Radio
Dan LeBatard– WAXY, Miami
Dan McNeil, John Jurkovic & Harry Teinowitz– WMVP, Chicago
Jim Mandich– WQAM, Miami
Steve Mason– KSPN, Los Angeles
Chris Myers– Fox Sports Radio
Mike North– WSCR, Chicago
Petros Papadakis & Matt Smith– KLAC, Los Angeles
Dan Patrick– Content Factory
George Plaster– WGFX, Nashville
Doug & Ryan Stewart– Sporting News Radio
Jim Traber– WWLS, Oklahoma City
Mike Valenti & Terry Foster– WXYT, Detroit

So there you have it…one entity’s opinion of the best sports talk in all of radio.  What say you?