Media - 2006
One of the most outspoken and respected voices in 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.
Rome has established himself as the top choice of athletes and fans when it is time to know what is going on beyond the scoreboard. Rome’s nationally syndicated radio program, The Jim Rome Show, a.k.a. The Jungle, airs on more than 185 radio stations each weekday and boasts more than two million listeners.
But these are no ordinary listeners; they are a legion of fans known as the clones who live and breathe for Jim Rome’s “take” on the day’s larger issues of sport. It is his departure from conventional sports commentary that has resulted in Rome’s unique dialogue with his listeners.
Rome previously served as host of the popular program The Last Word with Jim Rome, broadcast nightly for five years on Fox Sports Net. Prior to The Last Word, Rome 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.
Rome has made a cameo appearance along side 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 the radio show.
Rome graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1987, with a degree in Communications. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Janet and son Jake.