Jim Rome joins CBS familyby jmaloni
Rome to host new weekday program 'Rome,' on CBS Sports Network
Jim Rome has signed a multi-year deal with CBS and will contribute across multiple CBS Corporation platforms. CBS Sports Network will launch "Rome," a new half-hour show airing weekdays at 6 p.m., hosted by Rome. In addition, he will host a new sports and entertainment series on Showtime adding to the premium network's ever-growing sports programming lineup. Rome also will 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 www.CBSSports.com.
Rome will make his CBS Sports debut during coverage of the 2012 NCAA Final Four with "Rome" beginning on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, April 3. The Showtime series will cover a spectrum of sports and entertainment topics and debut in late fall.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jim Rome to the CBS family," said Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports. "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," Rome said. "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."
"Jim is a well-known and highly-respected sports personality with a fast-paced, high-energy and opinionated take on the sports world," said David Berson, executive vice president of CBS Sports and president of CBS Sports Network. "We're developing and launching new content initiatives further strengthening CBS Sports' relationship with fans. Jim, along with his passionate and loyal following, is an ideal addition to CBS Sports Network."
Rome has hosted numerous television programs over the past two decades and brings his provocative sports news and conversation format to CBS Sports Network. His new show, "Rome," will feature news and opinion on the day's hottest sports stories with rants, debates and guest appearances by some of the biggest names in sports. The show will originate from Orange County, Calif., where Rome also originates his daily, live radio show.
"Rome" and the Showtime series will be produced by Generate Entertainment in association with dick clark productions inc.
Rome will continue to host his nationally-syndicated radio program, "The Jim Rome Show," which airs weekdays from noon until 3 p.m. on 244 radio stations across the country, the highest number of affiliates in the show's 15-year history.
Previously in his career, Rome served as host of "Jim Rome is Burning" on ESPN, as well as "The Last Word with Jim Rome," televised nightly on Fox Sports Net. Prior to "The Last Word with Jim Rome," he 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.