The Jim Rome Show radio program, which is featured on over 200 affiliate radio stations in the United States and Canada is well known for its numerous Tour Stops. A Tour Stop is a limited access live show, often held in arenas or other outdoor venues, which features sports-related guests and activities. Generally, Rome holds a few Tour Stops each year, but one has not been held since 2004. Show listeners, referred to as the "Clones," consider the Tour Stops a way of celebrating the popularity of the show, and a means of meeting other fans of the program.

Tour Stop activitiesEdit

Tickets to a Tour Stop are normally free, but must be acquired from the local affiliate. Some Tour Stops have reportedly had over 10,000 in attendance. One of the Tour Stops' main attractions is sports figures from local teams. Tour Stops are treated like actual sporting events, with fans tailgating beforehand, and mingling with friends. Rock music and a lot of classic "smack-talk" are the flavor of the day. Tour Stops are not broadcast on the radio, but Rome typically plays clips from the activites and guests on the next regular program.

Awarding Tour StopsEdit

Rome typically awards Tour Stops to its most loyal and supportive affiliates. Listeners in each affiliate city are urged to "bang their monkey" (i.e., actively request or petition their affiliate's program director) to get a Tour Stop. Many Clones are known to travel to a Tour Stop from across the country instead of waiting for one in their town. A running joke with the show is that clones in Rochester, New York (one of Rome's original four affiliate cities) have begged for a Tour Stop since the beginning. Although Rome says that someday "Crapchester" may get a tour stop, he usually teases the city by saying they have won a tour stop - only to take it back and give it to another city.

Famous momentsEdit

  • After a early tour stop in No-Cal, Rome pledged never to return after an incident with the host affiliate. On the radio, it was erroneously announced that the show was sold out, even though the tickets were distributed free. The announcement allegedly caused confusion and hurt the attendance.
  • During the 2003 Detroit Tour Stop, Michigan State head coach John L. Smith addressed the crowd, and took a jab at the Michigan fans, since Michigan's coach Lloyd Carr was not present at the tour stop: "How many of you are Michigan fans? Where's your coach?" John L. Smith has not beaten Michigan.
  • During the 2004 NFL season, while the San Francisco 49ers were still winless, Rome started a rant about how someday, an NFL team will finally go 0-16, dubbed his "dream season." Jim promised that if an NFL team manages to go winless, something not done since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did in 1976, and something never done since adopting a sixteen-game season, that city will be awarded a Tour Stop.

Tour Stop location history Edit

No. Date Location
    San Francisco, California
4   San Diego, California
  January, 1997 Green Bay, Wisconsin
  October 24, 1998 Sam Houston Race Park, Houston, Texas
  1998 Phoenix, Arizona
  October 9, 1999 Cleveland, Ohio
  June 10, 2000 Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, Ohio
22 September 16, 2000 Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
  July 28, 2001 Dunn Tire Park, Buffalo, New York
26 June 8, 2002 Kansas City, Missouri
27 July 20, 2002 Denver, Colorado
28 September 21, 2002 Arco Arena, Sacramento, California
29 December 7, 2002 Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin
30 May 10, 2003 Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
31 July 26, 2003 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, Michigan
32 September 6, 2003 Dell Diamond, Austin, Texas
33 May 15, 2004 Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, New Mexico
34 October 12, 2004 Cleveland, Ohio
23 November 4, 2000 Henry J Kaiser Conv. Center, Oakland, CA

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