Every day, from coast to coast, local sports-radio talk-show hosts set the hometown athletic agenda and incite howling from their listeners. Here are SI's choices of the shows that make the most noise
SAN FRANCISCO-- OAKLAND
THE RAZOR AND MR. T,680 KNBR
3 p.m.-7 p.m.
They're an odd couple, but Ralph (the Razor) Barbieri, 57, a cerebral radio veteran, and Tom ( Mr. T) Tolbert, 39, a former NBA journeyman turned cutup, share a willingness to wade into tough issues: This summer Barbieri (bottom) blasted the Giants for being too cheap to sign a hitter to protect Barry Bonds.
JIM ROME, SYNDICATED
12 p.m.-3 p.m. ET
From his base in Southern California (where he made his rep), the 40year-old Rome now reaches more than two million listeners. Commanding his legions (labeled "clones") to "have a take and don't suck," the influential "Romey" has expanded his empire to TV ( ESPN's Rome Is Burning).
DALLAS-- FORT WORTH