Today we’d like to introduce you to Jim Rodriguez.
Jim, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
After spending 20 years behind the camera as a producer for such great companies like ESPN, CBS, UFC and Univision, I got the opportunity to do some on air work.
It was like a movie. An announcer called in sick for a Spanish language NFL broadcast on Univision radio. My mentor and friend, Rafael Hernandez Brito called me to see if I could fill in on the broadcast.
That led to more opportunities calling NFL culminating as sideline reporter for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans between the Ravens and 49ers. I started doing some TV works on Univision Deportes Network on a show called Locura Deportiva giving insight and comentario y on American sports. Armed with the confidence and contacts, I decided to pursue more on-air possibilities here in Miami.
I was introduced to the good folks at SB Nation Radio and Miami Media School who had studio space available to do a show. We set up a meeting and pitched a sports radio show that was different. Sure we’d talk about the winners and losers but more than that.. the people, the backstories. How pop culture and sports collide on a daily basis.
What came out of it was, The Sports Bosses. A fantastic blend of sports, pop culture and fun. We’re on the air from 10am-noon, Monday thru Friday across the country and around the world on SBNationLive.com.
We’ve had Hall of Fame players, supermodels, writers. We have fun sections like the Spanish word of the day which is a must listen (how clean are your cajones?), gambling tips, food recipes for the weekend get together and the most diverse guest of personalities that make our two hours together, not only informative but fun.
Has it been a smooth road?
The struggle come from having someone open the door. Giving us a shot. But having the real courage comes from stepping through the door. Everyone talks about being successful. But, it takes work and time for that to happen.
We’ve built an amazing staff of show contributors who understand the grind and want to be part of this. That’s the key. Everyone pulling the rope in the same direction.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
The Sports Bosses is a radio show. I’m the host and creator of many of the segments you hear day to day.
My proudest moments are how the show has grown. We’ve taken the show to college bowl games, we broadcast from radio row at Super Bowl LI. We’ve been able to tell the stories of people like Javier Perez, who was struck by an out of control driver on his kid’s little league field. He lost his legs but he shared his story of perseverance on the show.
We help students at Miami Media School fulfill their dreams by working on a national radio show. We’ve given opportunities to interns at SB Nation Radio to be part of the show once again taking the first steps of getting into the business.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Miami is wonderful. I come from Los Angeles which is a media town.
Miami is a city that provides opportunities. It’s not easy. But unlike some other big cities… real drive, determination and talent, gets rewarded in the Magic City.
- Website: http://www.podcastarena.com/sportsbosses/
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