Rick Bentley

Fans eager to get Jim Rome back on Fresno radio

Jim Rome of “The Jim Rome Show.”
Jim Rome of “The Jim Rome Show.”

Fans of the syndicated radio sports talk show hosted by Jim Rome are getting impatient. They have been waiting since March when KJZN (FM 105.5) switched from sports talk to classic hip hop to hear what Rome’s fate will be in this market. The move meant the loss of the entire CBS Sports radio lineup — that included Rome — here.

This format change came just weeks after the Federal Communications Commission approved a deal to allow One Putt Broadcasting — owners of the local radio stations Jewel FM, 940 ESPN, KYNO and 790 ESPN2 — to add three more stations to its group: 95.7 The Fox, New Rock 104.1 and 105.5.

At the time of the switch, John Ostlund, one of the owners of KJZN, asked listeners to be patient. He continues to look for a way to get Rome back on the local airwaves but has not come up with a solution.

“We’re having a challenge with the crazy number of times Jim identifies it as the CBS Sports Network. We’re hoping to create a work-around, but until we do, we will not be airing the show,” Ostlund says.