Jim Rome, a nationally syndicated sports radio personality and Thoroughbred owner who has become one of the sport’s leading advocates, was nominated to the National Radio Hall of Fame on Monday.
Rome is one of 24 nominees and is listed in the category of Spoken Word On-Air Personality. The nominees will be voted on by a panel comprised of 1,000 industry professionals, with winners announced in June 25. The winners will be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Nov. 15 in New York City.
Rome, a 1987 graduate of the University of Southern California, Santa Barbara, started his career in the Southern California market and became nationally prominent as host of “The Jim Rome Show,” also known as “The Jungle.” He became interested in horse racing in the mid-2000s after Billy Koch of Little Red Feather Racing asked him to buy a Thoroughbred.
Rome found success quickly with two top-class racehorses: Mizdirection, who won two consecutive editions of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in 2012 and 2013; and the late Shared Belief, winner of the 2014 Pacific Classic and the 2015 Santa Anita Handicap.
Through his Jungle Racing ownership entity, Rome and his wife Janet remain involved with the sport of kings. Rome was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Thoroughbred OwnerView Conference.