Popular CBS Sports Talk Star Joins Westwood One and CBS RADIO’s Growing Podcast & On-Demand Roster

NEW YORK, NY – September 12, 2016 – Partners CBS Sports Radio and Westwood One today announced the debut of an exclusive new weekday podcast featuring wildly-popular CBS Sports Radio daytime personality Jim Rome, host of The Jim Rome Show (12 noon – 3 pm ET), hosted on the Play.it network. Launched on August 15, 2016, Jim Rome’s Daily Jungle is a round-up of the best of The Jim Rome Show from that particular day, featuring the best takes, interviews, listener calls, sound bites, and more. A new Jim Rome’s Daily Jungle is available every weekday on iTunes and Play.It. Westwood One will provide exclusive ad sales representation for the show. Advertisers will have access to endorsements, live reads, pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll advertisements.

Perhaps the most respected voice in the world of sports broadcasting, Jim Rome is one of the leading opinion-makers of his generation. Best known for his aggressive, informed, rapid-fire dialogue, Rome has established himself as the top choice of athletes and fans when it is time to know what is going on beyond the scoreboard.

“Jim Rome is one of the most passionate and authoritative voices in sports radio, and his fans are always eager to engage with him,” said Eric Spitz, Director of Programming, CBS Sports Radio. “Jim’s presence in an on-demand format adds to and enhances the already growing roster of unique ways listeners can tune in. We’re excited to bring his Play.it weekday podcast to his loyal ‘Clones.’”

“To have someone of Jim Rome’s caliber in our portfolio underscores our commitment to the fast-growing podcast space,” said Suzanne Grimes, Westwood One President and Cumulus EVP, Corporate Marketing. “We look forward to bringing fans, partners, and advertisers the highest quality listening experience on our podcast platform.”

In 2013, Rome signed a multi-year agreement with CBS contributing across a variety of platforms. Along with his weekday half-hour ROME show on CBS Sports Network, he provides commentary and coverage for CBS Sports and CBSSports.com. Further, Rome hosts an entertainment and sports talk series for SHOWTIME.

Rome’s ESPN program, “Rome Is Burning,” signed off in January 2012 after airing for six years. He also previously served as host of the popular program “The Last Word with Jim Rome,” broadcast nightly on Fox Sports Net, for five years. Prior to that, 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 where he created “The Jim Rome Show.” The show was first syndicated in 1996.

In addition to his extensive sports broadcasting career, Rome has made cameo appearances alongside Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey in Two For The Money, with Adam Sandler in The Longest Yard and opposite Michael Jordan in Space Jam; appeared in Blink 182’s music video; appeared on HBO’s “Arliss;” and released a CD, Welcome to the Jungle, which features memorable sound bites from frequent callers and the hip music regularly used on his radio show.

Play.it offers more than 400 premium podcasts, including over 70 digital-exclusive programs from major brands and publishers across every key category, including news & information, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, comedy, health & wellness, business, and culture, as well as content from CBS RADIO shows on-demand.

Specific Play.it podcasts feature CBS RADIO personalities like Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, Carson Daly, and Kevin and Bean, in addition to well-known entertainers like rapper and one half of Capone-n-Noreaga N.O.R.E.(Drink Champs), former wrestler Taz (The Taz Show), television personality Stassi Schroeder (Straight Up with Stassi), and actor/director Michael Rapaport (I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST). Highlighted content also comes from leading news, lifestyle, sports and media brands including 48 HOURS, 60 MINUTES, CBS Sports Radio, Simon & Schuster, and more.

For more information, visit Play.it, and follow Play.it on Twitter @playit and Facebook.

About Westwood One

Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, offers audio products to reach listeners whenever, wherever they are. Westwood One is a trusted connection between audio companies, advertisers, and audience — with 8,200 broadcast radio stations and media partners who reach 245 million weekly listeners. The company’s portfolio features premium content with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, Westwood One Backstage, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards. For more information, please visit www.westwoodone.com.

About CBS Sports Radio

Launched full-time in January 2013, CBS Sports Radio offers around-the-clock national sports coverage and programming to more than 320 stations across the country, including stations in all of the Top 10 markets. CBS Sports Radio harnesses the power and resources of CBS RADIO and the award-winning CBS Sports with original programs across multiple weekday and weekend time periods featuring expert sports commentary by experienced broadcasters including Jim Rome, Boomer Esiason, Tiki Barber, Doug Gottlieb and Scott Ferrall, among others. CBS Sports Radio’s programming can be heard on-air, online at www.cbssportsradio.com and through the Radio.com app for mobile devices. Westwood One is the exclusive syndicator and sales partner for CBS Sports Radio.

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