Who is Jim Rome?

James Phillip Rome was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 14 October 1964 – his zodiac sign is Libra, and he holds American nationality. He’s a sports radio show host, who’s probably known best for work which he’s done for the network CBS Sports Radio, especially for hosting his own “The Jim Rome Show”.

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Early life and education

James was raised in Los Angeles as an only child, by his father Jay Rome who was the owner of a manufacturing business, and his mother Jan Rome who was a housewife.

He grew up being interested in sports, and played football while attending Calabasas High School. It was when he was around 17 years old that he became interested in journalism, and started contributing to the school’s radio station.

Upon matriculating in 1983, Jim enrolled at University of California, Santa Barbara and continued playing sports there, while he was already determined to pursue a career in journalism; he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in communications in 1987.

Jim’s career

Jim launched his career while still attending college, as he worked at the student radio station KCSB.

In 1987, he moved to the news station KTMS and became their traffic reporter and sports talk-show host. Three years later, Jim was offered a job at XTRA Sports 690, and thus quit KTMS, while he had to move to San Diego, California for the new job. It was while at XTRA that he launched “The Jim Rome Show” which has made him popular, and the Guns N’ Roses’ song “Welcome to the Jungle” and the Iggy Pop’s song “Lust for Life” became the show’s signature music.

Jim and the show’s production moved to Los Angeles in 1994, and it has since been produced there. Until 1996, it was syndicated through Premiere Radio Networks, while it was then sold to an assortment of stations, including ESPN Radio. In 2013, “The Jim Rome Show” was brought to the network CBS Sports Radio.

Controversy

Jim gained a lot of attention in 1994, when he invited American former football quarterback James Samuel ‘Jim’ Everett III as a guest in his ESPN2 show “Talk2”. Jim referred to Everett as ‘Chris’ multiple times on the show, after the female tennis player Chris Evert, claiming that Everett was less than a man; this angered Everett who overturned the table between him and Jim, and then shoved Jim to the floor. No legal action was taken, and Jim  subsequently publicly apologize to Everett.

In 2012, Jim asked the late American National Basketball Association (NBA) commissioner David Stern if there ‘was the fix in for the lottery’, referring to the NBA Draft Lottery. David claimed that Jim should be ashamed of asking that, and in return asked him if he had ‘stopped beating his wife’; the two men continued to insult each other.

YouTube channel

Jim’s YouTube channel “The Jim Rome Show” was launched on 13 May 2020, and it’s today subscribed to by close to 20,000 people, while it numbers over 2.5 million views of all his videos combined; these mostly feature Jim interviewing numerous celebrities, mostly sportsmen, and we’re going to mention three of the most popular videos amongst these, which have helped Jim gain many subscribers.

His #1 video “The Bills Are The Scariest Playoff Team | The Jim Rome Show” has been watched over 100,000 times since 4 January 2021, and features Jim talking about the football team the Buffalo Bills.

His second most viewed video “The Browns Were ROBBED | The Jim Rome Show” has been watched over 100,000 times since 18 January 2021, and shows Jim talking about the Cleveland Browns defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round.

Number three video on his most-watched list is “Aaron Rodgers Is The Most Disrespected QB In The NFL | The Jim Rome Show” has been watched over 100,000 times since 16 December 2020, and features Jim talking about the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers, claiming that he was the most disrespected quarterback in the league.

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Horse racing

Although Jim initially often poked fun at horse racing, and claimed that it wasn’t a sport but rather gambling, he became interested in it after having interviewed the famous jockey Kent Desormeaux. He became the part-owner of the Thoroughbred Wing Forward, which went from last place to first in his North American debut race. Jim and his wife became co-owners of the horse Gallatin’s Run in 2008.

In the following four years, Jim became the owner of his own stable Jungle Racing, LLC., while he also co-owned 14 horses of other stables. The horse Mizdirection which he co-owned won both the 2012 and 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Jim became the co-owner of the horse Shared Belief, which won eight of nine races in 2014, winning more than $2 million.

Love life and wife

Jim’s a highly secretive man, and doesn’t usually share the details of his love life with his fans, but it’s still widely known that he’s today a married man. His wife is the American non-celebrity Janet Rome, who could’ve been seen keeping Jim company at many of his events. It’s believed that they married sometime in the mid-1990s, but this hasn’t been confirmed. Jim and Janet have two sons together, Logan and Jake.

There are rumors circulating the internet, claiming that Jim beats his wife. What sparked the rumors was when NBA commissioner David Stern asked Jim on-air if he had stopped beating his wife; Jim hasn’t addressed these rumors, nor has any evidence been provided to prove that he has done such a thing.

As of April 2022, Jim’s married to Janet Rome, and they have two sons together.

Hobbies and interesting facts

Jim’s quite active on Instagram and is today followed by more than 60,000 people, while he’s uploaded over 1,000 pictures onto the network, most of which feature him during his everyday life.

He loves to travel and has been to various US states, for both work and pleasure, while Jim and his wife have also vacationed in various European and Asian countries; still, his dream travel destination seems to be Miami, Florida.

He’s physically quite active, and occasionally plays tennis and golf with his friends, while Jim also has two or three training sessions at the gym every week.

He likes to watch Hollywood movies in his spare time – his favorite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio, while a couple of his favorite films include “Catch Me If You Can”, “Inception” and “The Revenant”.

Age, height and net worth

Jim’s age is 57. He has short black hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and he weighs around 145lbs (65kgs).

As of April 2022, his net worth has been estimated at more than $85 million.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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