In an announcement that was made just after midnight Eastern time, Fox Sports Radio has finally unveiled the choice to replace Jim Rome in the noon-3 p.m. ET timeslot. As you’re probably aware, Rome will join CBS Sports Radio when it launches its weekday lineup on January 2 on CBS and Cumulus-owned radio stations across the country.
Taking Rome’s place on Fox Sports Radio will be long-time Rome substitute host and so-called comedian Jay Mohr. He’ll become a daily sports radio host starting in January. And his show will compete with Rome directly. The tweet from FSR came after the clock struck midnight on the East Coast and it’s really a strange time to make an announcement. Mohr’s show will follow Dan Patrick on Fox Sports Radio.
I wonder how long Mohr will be motivated to do a daily grind for three hours a day plus prep time. Being a guest host for once or twice in a week every six months or so is one thing, but doing it every day for about 48 weeks each year is another story. We’ll see if he can keep it up.
Mohr hosted a nightly sports talk show on ESPN2 called Mohr Sports that ran for about 20 minutes. He’s also hosted the NHL Awards in 2010 and 2011 and his jokes were as funny as postage stamp price increases.
As you can tell, I’m not a big fan of Jay Mohr, but he has loyal fans. Let’s see if it translates to a national sports radio audience.