Jim Rome is one of sports broadcasting’s most powerful and entertaining voices. His recent addition to the CBS family was a brilliant move for both the network and for Rome. His new show on CBS Sports Network, Rome, which can be seen Monday through Friday nights at 6 p.m., is well worth checking out.
Rome offers his trademark takes on the issues of the day, which remain very entertaining. He always scores top interviews and he has added a number of writers, bloggers and other new media contributors to the show and thus far, it is a winning combination. The new Rome is tighter, more focused and really is better than the ESPN produced Rome is Burning.
Rome on the move from ESPN to CBS: First off, the people at ESPN were great to me and I have nothing but good things to say about the whole group of people I worked with there. But when CBS calls it is the' Tiffany network,' so you have to listen. They offered me a deal that had me contributing to all of their platforms including CBS, CBS Sports Network and Showtime. There was no way I could turn that deal down.
Rome on hitting the ground running at CBS: I was a guest on the David Letterman Show, then it was off to New Orleans to tape an interview with two legendary rival coaches, John Calipari of Kentucky and Rick Pitino of Louisville for the Road to the Final Four Show on CBS. Then it was back to Los Angles to get ready for the launch of Rome on CBS Sports Network. It has been a fun ride and I am enjoying every minute of it.
Rome on his new show on CBS Sports Network: While the show is still a personality-driven show with interviews, the new format allows for great flexibility. I like the peronalities and the knowledge of the many new contributors that we have on the show. So some days if we choose not to do an interview, there is still plenty of great interactive debate. The goal is to keep the show fresh, fun and, most importantly, topical.
Rome on his CBS assignments: I was part of the networks coverage of the NCAA Men's Final Four.This summer I will work on the U.S. Open tennis tournament and then this fall I be part of the NFL coverage. Also this fall on Showtime, I will be part of Inside the NFL team and my new show on the network will debut, my work with CBS is all very exciting for me.
The program is produced by Dick Clark Productions, which is owned by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Former ESPN executive and now CEO of Dick Clark Productions Mark Shapiro is one of the key creative forces behind the new program.
Rome fans who love his radio show will be happy to know that he will continue to be on the air for a long time. His radio show can be heard on over 300 radio stations nationwide on the Premier Radio Network.
James Williams is a Contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.