For years, Jim Rome has had a home with Fox Sports Radio, and will leave at the start of the new year. Reportedly, comedian Jay Mohr will take over the gaping hole left by the popular sports-talk host.
Fox Sports released a statement (h/t Fishbowl LA) on Thursday that the next host to take up the 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET slot through their Premiere Radio Network would be Jay Mohr, who is no stranger to Jim Rome's radio show, nor the myriad fans who listen daily.
Executive vice president of news, talk and sports programming for Premiere Networks, Carl Anderson, had this to say about the hire.
Jay has done a great job guest hosting for Premiere Sports and FOX Sports Radio’s flagship station in LA. He’s a perfect addition to our leading, multi-platform, sports entertainment lineup.
Mohr was equally enthusiastic about the gig and sounded off on his new show, Jay Mohr Sports, which will debut on January 2, via Hollywood Reporter.
After spending the last 15 years guest hosting, I couldn’t be happier to get the opportunity to host my own show! I'm looking forward to talking sports, connecting with listeners, and interviewing amazing guests every day, while being a part of the FOX Sports Radio family. It was worth the wait.
As he alluded to, Mohr has been a frequent contributor to Jim Rome's show which aired on Premier Networks since 1997, even filling in for the host at times.
Now, he will take over the spot left vacant by the wildly popular sports-talk personality.
Rome, as reported in August by Deadline Hollywood, will leave Premiere at the end of the year for CBS Sports Radio.
This was a tremendous selection for a vacancy that demanded a brash personality fans could identify with.
Being that Mohr is no stranger to Rome's biggest supporters, or "clones" as they are affectionately referred to, there is a good chance Premiere controls a good portion of their audience for the time slot.
Rome, when he makes the switch to CBS Radio, will air in the same time slot he currently does. While there is no way to keep all the Rome supporters out there, Mohr offers a bit of a stopgap and an insight fans may prefer.
The stand-up comedian is well versed in the sports world and is always quick with an opinion or Tracy Morgan impression, and has featured in movies like Jerry Maguire and Suicide Kings.
You aren't going to replace a man with the fan base of a Jim Rome. However, choosing Mohr to take over the time slot is a step in the right direction.
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