At one point during our interview, Dino Costa said, “I don’t want to sound braggadocious.”
I’m thinking, he doesn’t want to sound braggadocious? This is a guy who has been telling me for the better part of an hour that he is the best thing going on sports talk radio. And the vast of bulk of programming in the format, he says, is a bunch of “homogenized garbage.”
His evening show on the Mad Dog Radio channel on SiriusXM (7-11 p.m. ET) is the sports talk version of UFC: Anything goes. Supremely confident and “fearless,” Costa has a strong opinion about everything and anything, and that includes slamming the guy whose nickname is the title of the station, Chris Russo.
Tonight is a big night for Jim Rome. His new Jim Rome on Showtime series will debut at 10 p.m. ET.
It is a weekly one-hour show featuring interviews with athletes and celebrities. Rome has an impressive guest list for the opener: Kobe Bryant, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Perry, and Hollywood producer and franchise owner Peter Gruber.
But mostly it will be about Rome, as you can see in this clip.
Rome says, “I don’t think I’ve had my best broadcast moment yet. I’m still chasing it.”
The Showtime show is a big reason why Rome left ESPN for CBS earlier this year. The package includes a Monday-Friday show on CBS Sports Network and his radio show will be moving to the new CBS Sports Radio Network in January.
In a Q/A with me in May, Rome discussed his big move:
The new venture added a big hitter to its lineup. Doug Gottlieb already is in place for the late afternoon slot.
Also, you have to figure this was part of the deal for Rome when he jumped from ESPN to CBS.
Here are the details:
CBS Sports Radio today announced the newest member of its line-up for when the nation’s largest 24/7 major-market radio network launches next year. Jim Rome will serve as host of The Jim Rome Show, broadcast live weekdays from 12:00Noon-3:00PM, ET beginning on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
Also at the start of the new year, Rome will provide his unique take on the day’s sports headlines via theCBS Sports Minute, sixty-second commentaries that can be heard hourly on CBS Sports Radio affiliate stations. Rome recently signed a multi-year agreement with CBS contributing across a