Rumble in The Jungle

It’s on like donkey kong!

Jim Rome, the nationally syndicated sports radio host – and sports radio icon – of “The Jim Rome Show” (heard daily on KHTK 1140AM from 9 AM to 12 PM) is holding his “Smack Off” on Friday, May 4, 2007.

What is the Smack Off? According to Wikipedia:

The Smack-Off is an annual competition on The Jim Rome Show, held in mid-to-late spring and which takes up the entire program on a Friday. The contest is a way to recognize the best callers to the show, as well as a means of determining the best caller of the year. Show host Jim Rome has referred to the Smack-Off as the most important show of the entire year.

Rome is still auditioning competitors to the show, but two from our area are scheduled to compete: “Vic in NoCal” and “Megan from Sacramento”. Vic, who I believe will be competing in his first Smack Off, is one of the more hyped contestants and has a target on his back. On the other hand, Megan got in just by virtue of her rendition of the “manual buzzer”:

Manual Buzzer: During a take about telemarketers, Rome disclosed that if he receives a telemarketing call at his home, he either gives the phone to his son Jake or runs the call by imitating the show’s buzzer and hanging up. His “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!”, dubbed “the manual buzzer,” has since become a very popular soundbite, and the show’s original horn buzzer has been replaced with the “manual buzzer” for running calls. A female-voiced version, uttered during an otherwise strong call from Megan in Sacramento, has become unexpectedly popular with Rome as a “lame” manual buzzer.

Vic and Megan will be live on KHTK with their takes during the Smack Off on May 4, from 9-12. Bring home the noise, guys.

SinghCity, out.

4 thoughts on “Rumble in The Jungle”

  1. The results are in, and Vic in NoCal didn’t show up. Doesn’t sound like Megan in Sacramento did either. From wikipedia:

    The 2007 Smack-off was notable for both the winner and the runner-up being awarded tickets to the De La Hoya-Mayweather boxing match, as well as the absence of a highly touted rookie, Vic in No-Cal. In the months prior to the Smack-Off, Rome regarded Vic as “the next big thing,” and many of the day’s callers referenced Vic. However, Vic never called, leading Rome to audibly hope “nothing bad happened” to Vic. Although Rome expressed the thought that perhaps Vic was scared off by Sean’s smackdown of the rookie, it seems unlikely given the mild nature of Sean’s comments. However, when Vic “called his shot” on the Wednesday prior to the Smack Off, he finished with a comment about coming in with a post-fight announcement. In the end, Sean became the first ever 5-time winner of the Smack-Off and a back-to-back-to-back champion. Joe in the O.C. finished second.

    Audio of Vic in NoCal’s calling his shot before the Smack Off can be found here.


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