Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Radio Show Session Features Pro Athletes Turned Pro Talkers

Jim Rome
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) has announced a 2013 Radio Show Super Session titled "Jocks on Jocks." The session, featuring former professional athletes who are now on-air radio personalities, will be held on Thursday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.

CBS Sports Radio Host Jim Rome will moderate a discussion on how these athletes transitioned from sports to radio and why they favor the medium. Panelists include Bobby Hebert of "SportsTalk with Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia" on Entercom's WWL-AM/FM; Tom Tolbert, host, "The Mr. T Show" on Cumulus' KNBR-AM; and Amani Toomer, co-host, "Amani and Eytan" on NBC Sports Radio.

Bobby Hebert
Rome is one of the top voices in sports broadcasting. Over 225 stations carry "The Jim Rome Show," currently the longest running, stand-alone syndicated sports talk show on air. He also hosts CBS Sports Network's "Rome," "Jim Rome on Showtime" and contributes to NFL, NCAA basketball and US Open Tennis Championship coverage.

Hebert joined WWL in 2005. "SportsTalk with Bobby Hebert & Deke Bellavia" is consistently the top-rated talk show in its time slot. "The Cajun Cannon" played in the USFL and the NFL from 1983 to 1996, rising to fame as the New Orleans Saints quarterback and making the Pro Bowl in 1994 and 1995 with the Atlanta Falcons. He led the Saints to the franchise's first playoff appearance in 1991 and its second in 1992. In 2010, he founded the "Who Dat Nation" when the Saints made the Super Bowl.

Tom Tolbert
Tolbert has hosted KNBR's top rated afternoon drive show for 17 years and does weekday commentaries for CBS Sports Radio Network's "CBS Sports Minutes." He is also the radio color analyst for the Golden State Warriors, for whom he played for three years, and has worked as a NBA analyst on ESPN and ABC. Prior to playing in the NBA, he reached the 1988 NCAA Final Four with the University of Arizona Wildcats, averaging over 14 points per game.

Toomer joined NBC Sports Radio in 2012 as co-host of "Amani and Eytan," which broadcasts to 96 affiliates each weekday. Previously, Toomer contributed to NBC's "SportsTalk," SiriusXM NFL Radio and MSG's Varsity's "Friday Night Football." He spent 14 seasons with the New York Giants, including the Super Bowl XLII championship team. He retired as the team's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards.

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