Rome also hosts a daily radio program, The Jim Rome Show, on CBS Sports Radio. The show can be heard on over 300 stations nationwide, including all of the Top 10 and 35 of the Top 50 markets across the United States.
In addition to his duties on CBS Sports Network and CBS Sports Radio, Rome also hosts a sports and entertainment series on Showtime and contributes to CBS Sports’ coverage of the NFL, college basketball and US Open Tennis Championships, among other sporting events.
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 Rome Is Burning on ESPN, as well as The Last Word with Jim Rome on Fox Sports Net. Prior to The Last Word with Jim Rome, 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. 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.