Q/A with Dino Costa: Mad Dog host says his show offers alternative to ‘homogenized garbage’ of sports talk radio

First of two parts:

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.”

Then again, listeners of The Dino Costa Radio Show wouldn’t be surprised.

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.

Recently, Costa called Russo “a has been.” And that was on … Continue Reading

Jim Rome: New Showtime show key piece in his CBS puzzle

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:

Am I

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It’s official: Jim Rome to host show on new CBS Sports Radio Network

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

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Split decision: High-profile Twitter reaction to Rome-Stern

Just did a Twitter search for Jim Rome and saw some interesting high-profile reaction to his contentious interview with NBA Commissioner David Stern yesterday.

@BonnieBernstein: Jim Rome‘s NBA “fix” question could’ve been positioned more tactfully. But Stern’s retort w a personal attack? Inappropriate

Mike Greenberg@Espngreeny: If you ask David Stern if he fixed the lottery, you’re asking if he is a felon.It’s fine if you want to do it,but don’t expect him to laugh.

Chris Mad Dog Russo @MadDogUnleashed:  Was Jim Rome right to ask Stern “the question” about the NBA lottery?” Terrible question, talked about it yesterday.

Seth Davis@SethDavisHoops: David Stern handled his Jim Rome interview very badly. But I have to say that Stephen A. Smith line was pretty funny

Jason McIntyre@TheBigLead: Not sure if … Continue Reading