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Jim Rome would be burning in Fresno again

Most of the questions that have popped up during the recent changes in local talk radio have been about the loss of sports talk radio host Jim Rome from Fresno’s KCBL (AM, 1340). When Rome changed to being syndicated by the CBS Sports Radio Network instead of the Fox Sports Radio Network, he was replaced Jan. 2 by actor-comedian Jay Mohr in the 9 a.m. time slot.

The closest radio station broadcasting Rome’s show is in Modesto. But, that may be changing soon.

The web site Radio Insight is reporting that Fresno’s KJZN (FM 105.5) looks ready to switch from its conservative talk format — that features Rusty Humphries and Andrea Tantaros — to a sports talk channel. Station management has registered the domain name 1055TheGame.com.

If the station does make the switch, the CBS lineup would be the biggest sports talk radio syndicator left as KCBL (AM 1340) airs Fox Sports and KFIG (AM 940) is home to ESPN.

More as the story unfolds.

Did They Just Say Fresno? Replacement refs edition

Where do you retreat when you’ve pissed off the entire football-loving country* and become the punchline of the NFL’s contact dispute with its referees?

If you’re replacement ref Lance Easley — who signaled the game-winning touchdown in Monday night’s controversial Packers-Seahawks game — you go drinking in Fresno. No joke.

This photo of Easley hanging out Tuesday night at North Fresno bar Club Habanos was unearthed and shared by CBS 47′s George Takata, and it quickly made the rounds, reaching as high as the Jim Rome Show.

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In a story that published today, ABC30 found out even more — that Easley, who lives in Santa Maria and was here on business, also went to Daily Grill. He seemed to not shy away from taking pics with people.

But considering what the nation witnessed Monday night, there’s no telling whether Easley could actually see what was going on right in front of his face when these pictures were taken. He could have thought he was picking a song from the jukebox or wrestling a bear. Who knows.

*except for the people of Seattle