Jim Rome is one of America’s most prolific sports broadcasters, with its syndicated radio show broadcast on over 200 radio stations in the United States and Canada. Jim Rome definitely knows his craft, and that has earned him top ratings in the United States.
His show made it to number 21 of the most listened to radio shows, and Talkers Magazine ranked him number 29 of the most popular personalities. As a station that knows its onions, he hosted a television show called “Jim Rome is Burning”, which was broadcast on ESPN on weekdays. His uniquely cheeky presentation style has contributed to his success as a radio announcer. He currently works with the sports radio station CBS.
Jim Rome was born on October 14, 1964, in Tarzana, California, the son of Jay Rome and Jan Rome. Jim, whose full name is James Philip Rome, attended Calabasas High School and graduated in 1982 before going to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a degree in Communications.
During his school years, he was considered negligent in his studies, preferring to spend his time in the radio station’s studio. Jim began his career in radio at his college-qualified radio station KCSB-FM, he was the radio station’s sports director and also at KTMS in Santa Barbara. He started his radio show “The Jungle” aka The Jim Rome Show on XTRA. The show was a success and had a large fan base, which led to its syndication in 1996.
Throughout his career, Jim has been involved in few controversies, from his innuendo with Jim Everett to his offer of $3,000 to challenge any team playing against the Vipers to kick field hockey legend, Gordie Howe, off the field when the legend expressed interest in playing for the Detroit Vipers in 1997. He apologized, however, and called it a joke.
During his career he had several appearances in movies like “Space Jam”, “Two for the Money” and “The Longest Yard” (2005), he appeared in a sitcom “Arliss” and a music video. He also hosted the Pat Tillman memorial service on May 3, 2004.
Net Worth and Salary
Jim Rome earns about $15 million annually as a sports broadcaster and his net worth is estimated at about $65 million. His annual income and net worth make him one of the highest-paid personalities on television.
Besides his work as a radio announcer and his appearances in movies and music videos. Jim Rome is a horse racing magnate. His numerous interviews with Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux in the Hall of Fame have sparked his interest in horses, and he ventured into horse racing, and soon Jungle Racing, LLC Stables was born.
Jim and his wife have a special interest in buying thoroughbreds, and their list of horses has won important races. One of his horses named Misdirection won 11 out of 17 races before his retirement.
The mare, co-owned by Danny Gohs, Bill Strauss, Borris Beljak, and Kevin Nish, was purchased for $50,000 in 2010 and earned them $1,719,621 before they sold her for $2.7 million. Rome is said to have owned or co-owned 14 horses both in his stables and in partnerships. Jim Rome’s website (jimrome.com) is currently valued at $9,000.
While working for the radio station XTRA, he met Janet Nauman, a co-worker who later became his wife, at a private wedding on July 19, 1997, among close friends and family. The couple has two sons named Logan and Jake. The family now lives in Irvine, California.
Height, Weight, and Body measurements
Jim Rome is 175 cm (5 feet 9 inches) tall and weighs about 65 kg (143 lb). His physique is rather slim, one of his characteristic features is the Van Dyke beard, which he has been cultivating for years. Information about his shoe size and body measurements are not available.
Other Facts About Jim Rome
1. Jim Rome made his film debut in 1996; in the animated sports comedy Space, Jam Michael Jordan played the leading role.
2. He likes to address his audience as a clone.
3. He was an active tennis player during his high school days and excelled in it.
4. Jim Rome was notorious for covering fake accident stories to keep his news interesting while working as a traffic reporter for KTMS.
5. He came under fire as a TV host when he upset NFL quarterback Jim Everett, a guest on his show whom he repeatedly called Chris, after a tennis player Chris Evert who made fun of his manhood. Everett got angry and knocked the table and Jim to the floor, but he apologized publicly.
6. Jim was known in the past for making fun of horse racing, which he referred to as a bet rather than a sport, but later he became interested in it and his horses have won major racing tournaments.