The Jim Rome Show
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|Other names||The Jungle|
|Running time||12–3 PM (Eastern), 9–12 (Pacific)|
|Syndicates||CBS Sports Radio|
|TV adaptations||Jim Rome is Burning
|Producer(s)||Jason Stewart (former)|
|Exec. producer(s)||Kyle Brandt|
|Recording studio||Southern California|
|Air dates||since 1996|
|Opening theme||"Lust for Life" by Iggy Pop|
|Ending theme||"Up All Night" by The Boomtown Rats|
The Jim Rome Show (alternate name: The Jungle) is a sports radio talk show hosted by Jim Rome. It airs live for three hours each weekday from 9 a.m. to noon Pacific Standard Time. The show is produced in Los Angeles, syndicated by CBS Sports Radio, and can be heard on affiliate radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.
History of the show
The Jim Rome Show began on XTRA Sports 690 in San Diego. In 1996, Premiere Radio Networks picked up the program for national syndication. Sometime after, the show was shortened by one hour and the broadcast location was shifted from XTRA Sports 690 to the Premiere Radio Networks studio complex in Sherman Oaks, California. As part of the broadcast deal bringing Rome's TV show to CBS Sports Network, The Jim Rome Show became a charter program of CBS Sports Radio upon its full launch on January 2, 2013.
||This article is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. (September 2013)|
|Kyle Brandt||Producer, Writer,
|Brandt appeared on MTV's The Real World.|
|Jason Stewart||Talent coordinator,
|Stewart's last show was March 8, 2013.|
Show format and content
The three-hour program is a mixture of interviews, calls, emails, texts and Rome's own thoughts and analysis. The opening theme is "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns 'n Roses and the closing theme is "Lust for Life" by Iggy Pop. The program usually begins with headlines, where Rome will highlight the main sports news of the day with his thoughts and opinions.
One of the main parts of the program is Rome reading emails and text messages on air. He usually will comment positively or negatively depending on the message. Ones he doesn't like are followed by a loud crumpling noise, as if the message is being crumpled and thrown in the garbage. Many emails and texts are "smack talk", where the messenger is putting down someone in sports, pop culture, or even other listeners.
Rome will take callers and ask callers to call in, though many times he won't take any of the calls at all. Rome's rules for calls is "have a take, don't suck." Calls that are good in his opinion will be racked, which means they'll be saved for future use. Bad calls will get buzzed and cut off, followed usually by humiliation from Rome. Some calls will get neither and usually will be followed by brief analysis or thoughts by Rome.
The program ends with Rome's final take, where he shares his thoughts on usually a somewhat controversial sports topic. He then will pick the "Huge Call/Text of the Day". If none are good, he won't pick one.
Friday episodes include the week rewind, which is a compilation of show highlights over the past week alongside a mix of music.
Sometimes, for comedic effect, Rome will replay a sound bite over and over.
The Smack-Off is an annual invitation-only competition, held in mid-to-late spring and which takes up the entire program on a Friday. The contest is a way to recognize the best callers to the show, as well as a means of determining the best caller of the year. Rome refers to the Smack-Off as the most important show of the entire year.
Year in review
In late December, Rome holds a special program called the "Year in Review." Going month by month, he recounts the good, the bad, and the ugly of the year that was in sports. He also mixes in the best of the off-beat news stories that were featured on the show, as well as highlights of noteworthy interviews. For this show, Rome schedules no guests and takes far fewer phone calls, preferring e-mail responses.
A Tour Stop is a limited access show, often held in an arena or other large venues, and featuring sports-related guests, activities and surprises. A few times throughout the year, Rome will reward a syndication city with a Tour Stop. The tour stops are currently on an indefinite hiatus, as the last one was held in 2004.
During Super Bowl week, Rome typically broadcasts live from Radio Row on-location at the game's host city. Since there are many celebrities that peruse Radio Row, the show's format is more interview-oriented, allowing Rome to conduct many impromptu interviews with passers-by. As a result, no calls are taken and fewer emails are read. Sports topics, aside from the Super Bowl itself, usually take a backseat during this week, as the guests usually discuss their current ventures. Rome has on several occasions referred to Radio Row as "Magpie Alley".
The Jim Rome Show offers a 60-second teaser called The Rome Report for affiliates to air daily. The Rome Report usually offers a brief synopsis of one of Rome's takes from that day's program. The reports serve as commercials for the program, and are often broadcast during afternoon drive time.
At length he announces when he is going to be "in the basement" (on vacation) and for how long. He justifies his frequent absences to the Clones by proclaiming, "I take a lot of vacation because I get a lot of vacation" (a parody of a comment made by Patrick Ewing during the 1998 NBA lockout). To ensure live content on days when Rome is absent, The Jim Rome Show is hosted by a rotating stable of guest hosts, including:
- KLAC/Fox Sports Radio radio personalities Petros Papadakis and Matt "Money" Smith. The pair, who host an afternoon show for the sports-talk radio station and Jim Rome Show affiliate, filled in for Rome on Presidents Day 2007 and during Fourth of July week that same year. They now fill at least one day each time Rome takes a week of vacation. They have also appeared on Jim Rome Is Burning.
- Comedian Jay Mohr. Mohr also occasionally calls in to Rome's show. He participated in the 2007 Smack-Off and finished in 7th place. When he appears in The Jungle, Mohr is referred to as "Slam Man". As of 2010, Mohr has become the most frequent guest host. He is now the host of a Fox Sports Radio program, Jay Mohr Sports, competing in the time slot of The Jim Rome Show.
- Pop culturists Randy and Jason Sklar (of the ESPN Classic program Cheap Seats), whose subject matters are rather random. Randy is also a frequent panel guest on Rome's ESPN program Jim Rome Is Burning. The Brothers Sklar often date themselves with their frequent discussions on 1980s athletes of professional tennis, professional wrestling and the St. Louis Cardinals. Bumper music when the Sklars host tends to be of the indie rock variety. In 2010 the Sklars became more frequent guest hosts as they launched a podcast with a similar format to their hosting of the Jim Rome Show. They call clones who are fans of theirs "sklones".
- Author and columnist John Feinstein. Feinstein's appearances are usually low-key in tone and dominated by interviews. He also appears frequently on the show as the subject of a Rome interview.
- Sportswriter Skip Bayless. When Bayless hosts, the show generally has a recurring theme, typical examples being his belief that the Ohio State Buckeyes stole the 2003 BCS Championship, his self-proclaimed addiction to Diet Mountain Dew, and his obsession with the beach volleyball scene in Top Gun (which Rome shares). Bayless also actively debates callers, as opposed to Rome, who rarely does so. Bayless is a polarizing and unpopular guest host, and many Clones call him "Skip Clueless." Rome, for his part, has no problem with Bayless and occasionally needles the Clones with the news that Bayless will be guest-hosting. Bayless has hosted the show less frequently since joining the cast of Cold Pizza/ESPN First Take.
- Former ESPN anchor and current NFL Network personality Rich Eisen. Eisen once commented that he had always thought the show's email address was "firstname.lastname@example.org" until he guest-hosted. (The actual address is email@example.com, but Rome tends to say "haveatake" quickly.)
- Roger Lodge, host of Blind Date and a frequent interview guest on The Jim Rome Show. Lodge is also a frequent panel guest on Rome's ESPN program Jim Rome Is Burning. On both of Jim's shows, Lodge has taken to making the guarantee to shave his head, should a specific outcome occur. This is a guarantee that Lodge has always failed to follow through on.
- Former WDFN radio personalities Mike "Stoney" Stone and Bob "Wojo" Wojnowski. The pair, who hosted an afternoon show for the Detroit sports-talk radio station and Jim Rome affiliate, filled in for Rome on July 13, 2007. Stone has also appeared occasionally as a subject of Rome interviews.
- Kansas City Star sportswriter Jason Whitlock, who has also appeared as a subject of Rome's interviews.
- Grant Napear, play-by-play announcer for the Sacramento Kings and sportscaster for KHTK-AM in Sacramento.
Former guest hosts of the show include:
- Boxing/Olympic analyst Jim Lampley. Lampley has been known to blast emailers for poor grammar and overall stupidity. Rome sometimes resets a Lampley rant in which he ridiculed the "media-driven hype" surrounding the year 2000 and how it was erroneously referred to as the beginning of the new millennium. Lampley has not hosted the show since being arrested in January 2007.
- Fox Sports Radio personality Andrew Siciliano (from Gametime Live). On May 12, 2006, while Siciliano was guest-hosting, a caller coined the term "teammateship" (referencing Barry Bonds as an example of bad "teammateship"). Andrew is referred to as "Van Whack", "Substitute Jim", or "Rome Junior" by many of the Clones, and as "Deep Dish" by Randy and Jason Sklar. Siciliano now hosts his own show with ex-Laker great Mychal Thompson on L.A's KSPN 710 (AM), which competes with the show, so he no longer has fill-in duty. However, Siciliano is a frequent panel guest on Rome's ESPN program Jim Rome Is Burning.
- Actors Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Connolly from HBO's Entourage hosted the show on August 15, 2007. The idea for Ferrara to host the show came about in an interview two weeks prior to Ferrara's guest-hosting, when Rome offered Ferrara a guest-host spot next time he goes on vacation, and Ferrara indicated his willingness to fill in as host.
- Fox Sports Radio personality Steve Czaban. He hosted several consecutive days in 2001 when Rome's son Jake was born, but no longer guest-hosts.
- Former author, journalist, and columnist Ralph Wiley also guest hosted shows for Rome before he died in 2004.
Future of the show
Since its inception, The Jim Rome Show has always been offered on terrestrial radio, and has not been offered on satellite radio. The show is, however, offered on streaming and podcast through the official web site. On May 6, 2003, Rome made a return to TV with Rome Is Burning (later Jim Rome Is Burning) on ESPN, and occasionally hinted about switching the radio program to satellite, or abandoning the radio program altogether, in favor of television full-time.
Rome is often quite vocal about his frequent displeasures with affiliates, specifically those who do not carry the entire three hours, air the show on tape delay, or frequently pre-empt the broadcast. Rome has openly admitted that he is intrigued by the idea of satellite radio and broadcasting the program free of affiliates' interference. However, he is also aware of some listeners' problems with paying for satellite radio, and has received numerous phone calls and e-mails from terrestrial radio listeners who have said that the humor of the show has brought them through difficult times or keeps them entertained at work.
On April 27, 2006, Rome stated that he will keep the radio program going, but initially made no commitment to satellite or terrestrial. On July 11, 2006, Rome announced that he signed a multi-year deal with Premiere Radio Networks to keep the show on terrestrial radio. In addition, he stated that the show may be simulcast on satellite radio in the future. Clear Channel provides content exclusively to XM Satellite Radio, including the entire Fox Sports Radio network.
In January 2013, the show moved to the CBS Sports Radio network.
- Andreeva, Nellie (August 29, 2012). Jim Rome to leave Premiere Radio Networks for deal with CBS Sports Radio. Deadline.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- "3/8/2013 Jason Stewart's Farewell Show". The Jim Rome Show website.
- The Guys Named "Rex" Streak. The Jim Rome Show website. Retrieved 2009-04-06.
- When in Rome: Heterosexism, homophobia and sports talk radio David Nylund, GLAAD Center for Study of Media & Society (academic analysis of the show format, PDF document).
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