Our On-Air Team
A well-traveled veteran and pioneer of sports radio and television. Prior to her weekly show, Lawrence headlined three weekend shows on CBS Sports Radio and also served as fill-in host for various other shows across the network. Previously, she spent nine years at ESPN Radio where she was the only regular female host. She was also the first female in Oklahoma history to pilot her own sports radio talk show. Lawrence has handled basketball play-by-play and color duties for various radio and television outlets over the past 15 years and served as the voice of University of Hartford women’s hoop the last six seasons. She graduated from Messiah College with a bachelor’s degree in communications and received a master’s degree in television and radio from Syracuse University. Lawrence is a native of Concord, New Hampshire, and currently resides in New Jersey.
Sportscaster Damon Amendolara, known by his fans as D.A., hosts “The D.A. Show” is known for its unique dynamic of sports analysis, in-depth discussion, colorful listener calls, and insight from insiders and experts from the sports world. Amendolara also appears regularly on NFL Network as part of the “NFL Top 10” documentary film series, and on Sports Illustrated’s “SI Now” program. Prior to hosting the evening show, Amendolara hosted the overnight program on CBS Sports Radio for two years.
Amendolara is an acting member on the board for Boston’s Room to Dream charity, which transforms the environments of chronically-ill, inner-city or suburban children. He also spearheaded the “Team D.A.” charity, having raised funds for causes like the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Bridge Home, the KCMO Little League and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Team D.A. also organized a summer soccer camp for underprivileged youth in South Florida with coaching by Miami FC professional players.
Amendolara is a native of Warwick, N.Y.
Perhaps the most respected voice in the world of sports broadcasting, Jim Rome is one of the leading opinion-makers of his generation. Best known for his aggressive, informed, rapid-fire dialogue, Rome has established himself as the top choice of athletes and fans when it is time to know what is going on beyond the scoreboard.
In addition, he contributes minute long sports commentary updates hourly on CBS Sports Radio, as a part of the network’s CBS Sports Minute feature.
In 2013, Rome signed a multi-year agreement with CBS contributing across a variety of platforms. Along with his weekday half-hour ROME show on CBS Sports Network, he provides commentary and coverage for CBS Sports and CBSSports.com. Further, Rome hosts an entertainment and sports talk series for SHOWTIME.
Rome’s ESPN program, “Rome Is Burning,” signed off in January 2012 after airing for six years. He also previously served as host of the popular program “The Last Word with Jim Rome,” broadcast nightly on Fox Sports Net, for five years. Prior to that, he spent a two-year stint hosting ESPN2’s “Talk2,” a nightly one-hour interview show.
In addition to his extensive sports broadcasting career, Rome has made cameo appearances alongside Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey in Two For The Money, with Adam Sandler in The Longest Yard and opposite Michael Jordan in Space Jam; appeared in Blink 182’s music video; appeared on HBO’s “Arliss;” and released a CD, Welcome to the Jungle, which features memorable sound bites from frequent callers and the hip music regularly used on his radio show. Rome graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1987, with a degree in Communications. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Best known for his time on the field, former New York Giants football player Tiki Barber serves as co-host of CBS Sports Radio’s “Tiki & Tierney,” alongside New York Emmy winning broadcaster, Brandon Tierney. The show, heard across the country from 6:00PM-6:00PM, ET, airs on the nation’s largest 24/7 major-market radio network. Barber graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce (Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society), with a concentration in Management Information Systems in 1997. At UVA, Barber excelled both academically and athletically – football and track and field. He left the Cavaliers as their all-time leading rusher and began a 10-year NFL career with the New York Giants. In January 2007, Barber’s alma mater retired the #21, and in January 2011, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, located in Portsmouth, Va. Barber is one of three NFL players in football history with at least 10,000 yards rushing and 5,000 yards receiving in a career – the other two being Marshall Faulk and Marcus Allen. He retired ranking third all-time in yards per carry (4.7) and 10th all-time in yards from scrimmage (15,632; rushing and receiving). He holds almost every NY Giants rushing record – total yards, rushing yards, rushing attempts and is second in rushing touchdowns. Throughout his professional life, Barber has been active in media and journalism with a variety of appearances. In 1998, he began his broadcasting career working for CBS RADIO’s WFAN, which led to stints at WCBS-TV, Sirius Satellite Radio, the YES Network and Fox News Channel.
Upon retiring from the NFL, Barber signed a contract to work as a correspondent for NBC News and Sports, primarily for TODAY and Football Night in America, but also covering the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing for MSNBC. Barber is also an entrepreneur, co-founding Thuzio.com. Thuzio is a marketplace for talent, providing businesses and professionals with an all-access pass to celebrity and sports talent though database, booking and event services. Active in the community, Barber is a board member of the Fresh Air Fund, the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, the Advisory Board for the Hospital for Special Surgery, and the Emeritus Board of Managers of the University of Virginia Alumni Association. He is also a founding member of the Leadership Council for the Robin Hood Foundation. Barber has long been an advocate for the underserved and is a staunch supporter of literacy campaigns. He has co-authored, with his twin brother, Ronde, three successful children’s books and eight young-adult novels. He also released a memoir of his playing days, “Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond,” in September 2007.
As one of the bright, electric voices in sports talk radio, Brooklyn native Brandon Tierney has made a name for himself as a respected, entertaining, insightful and well-informed personality. Currently, he co-hosts CBS Sports Radio’s “Tiki & Tierney” alongside former New York Giants football player, Tiki Barber, which can be heard across the country from 9:00AM-12Noon, ET on the nation’s largest 24/7 major-market radio network. Additionally, Tierney is an analyst on CBS Sports Network’s “THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW,” broadcast Sunday mornings during the NFL season. He also serves as a radio analyst for St. John’s basketball games, and hosts the “Red Storm Report” with head coach Steve Lavin on MSG Network. In 2013, Tierney returned home to New York, as host of CBS Sports Radio’s morning program. Prior to CBS Sports Radio, Tierney hosted afternoons on “The Drive” with Ric Bucher weekdays on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. Before moving west, Tierney was a popular staple at 1050 ESPN Radio in New York City for nearly nine years. In addition to his hosting duties, Tierney anchored New York Knicks pre-game, half-time and post-game shows, and served as occasional play-by-play announcer for the station’s Knicks broadcasts. On the television side, Tierney was a panelist on SportsNet New York’s (SNY) signature show, “The WheelHouse,” for four years. He was awarded his first New York Emmy for his role on the network’s 2010 NBA’s “Free Agent Frenzy” program in July 2010. He was also a frequent contributor to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” Tierney’s broadcasting career began locally in 1999 in Allentown, Penn., before quickly venturing onto the national scene as an on-air host for the syndicated Sports Fan Radio Network. He eventually moved to Detroit, hosting his own top-rated midday show from 2001-03 on Sports Radio 1130 “The Fan.” That success enabled him to make the rarest of jumps, back to his native New York. Tierney has been featured on Talkers Magazine’s “Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk” recognizing the 100 most important sports radio hosts in America since its inception in 2012. He earned a degree in journalism from Marist College while also lettering in baseball.
Ever since he was 8 years old and took a trip to the WFAN studios in New York, Zach knew he wanted to work in sports talk radio. Gelb grew up on Long Island in New York and attended Temple University in Philadelphia. At Temple, Gelb was the sports director for the student radio station, WHIP, and a TV anchor for OwlSports Update. While at Temple, he was named the recipient of the Richie Ashburn Scholarship awarded by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association and was also nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy. Gelb interned for WIP in Philadelphia and was also a radio stringer for Temple football games for CBS Sports Radio. After graduating college, Gelb was hired by WNJE-AM as the program director and afternoon drive host. For the 2017-2018 NFL season, Gelb hosted the Fanatic Postgame Show on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. The show aired after every Eagles game during their Super Bowl-winning season. Zach is extremely excited to be joining the Entercom/CBS Sports Radio family. Listen to his show weekdays 6-10 P.M. EST and follow him on Twitter @ZachGelb.
Bill Reiter is a writer and sports personality for CBS SportsHQ. He hosts “Reiter Than You,” CBS Sports’ first live, primetime digital television show, and is a national columnist for CBSSports.com. Before emerging as a well-known national sports columnist and television personality, Reiter was a Miami Heat beat columnist during LeBron’s James’ first season with the Heat. Reiter began his career in newspapers, writing for the Kansas City Star, Des Moines Register, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Chicago Tribune. Reiter’s coverage has focused on a wide range of sports and topics, including the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, UFC, the London Olympics, Super Bowls, feature writing and more. He graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2000.
JULIAN “J.R.” JACKSON
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JR turned a love for sports, music, and the internet into a full time career with his hit video sports blog “JRSportBrief,” which has amassed more than 80 million views online. “Sports opinions by a fan, for the fans,” JR has been around the world to cover multiple Olympic Games, Super Bowls and Final Fours. He’s sat down everyone from Pelé, Usain Bolt, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Hart, the late Kobe Bryant and countless others to deliver interviews and content from a fans’ perspective.