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Bubba the Love Sponge is he coming back to Sirius XM? PDF Print E-mail
In Print: March 12, 2013

Bubba the Love Sponge says walking away from a lousy deal with Sirius XM a few years back was one of the biggest career mistakes of his life. The Tampa based radio host appeared on the Howard Stern Show Monday morning and said he's ready to pucker up and smooch the hind quarters of every executive at the company if it gets him his gig on satellite radio back.

Bubba the Love Sponge was featured on Howard Stern's secondary Sirius XM channel Howard 101 from 2006 through the end of 2010. When contract renewal time came, Bubba and his team got the cold shoulder from management, even after Howard Stern had officially re-upped for another five year contract. When Bubba's contract officially ran out at midnight on December 31, 2010 that he was taking it upon himself to permanently sever ties with Sirius and branch out on his own to internet radio. Two years later, Bubba told Stern that he is now willing to "kiss whoever's a** I need to" to get his deal back.

"I’d like to have some conversations, maybe come back here in some capacity," said Bubba.“I miss you guys so much. Probably one of the biggest mistakes I made was not accepting their pennies on the dollar offer, and just to have your rub. Just to be in your family is worth—ya know...Trying to kiss some a** to get back here. I’ll kiss whoever’s a** I need to. Robin’s, Fred’s, doesn’t matter. Even Benjy.” Bubba the Love Sponge appeared on Monday's Stern Show along with his new girlfriend Nikki, with whom he's already been discussing marriage.


Bubba The Love Sponge Clem returning to Tampa airwaves
10 News Staff, WTSP
12:42 p.m. EST January 2, 2015

TAMPA - Bubba the Love Sponge Clem will return to Tampa Bay radio waves on Jan. 5 to WHFS-98.7 FM after departing from The Bone 102.5 in August of 2014.
To celebrate his return, Bubba is teaming up withKer's WingHouse Bar & Grill to add some 'spice' to their menu with the addition of 'Bubba Style Wings'. 
"This is a man's man wing," explains Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. "It's big, meaty and definitely not for wimps."
All 24 WingHouse locations are now serving the unique wings which are double-breaded, double-sauced in WingHouse's famous Dallas Sauce and all drum.
"Bubba the Love Sponge Clem has a huge following, so this offers an opportunity for his fans and everyone else to enjoy, what I must admit, are delicious wings he developed," says Crawford Ker, CEO and founder of Ker's WingHouse Bar & Grill.
"It's really an honor," Bubba adds. "I'm a huge fan of WingHouse, so I've been ordering wings made this way for a long time now. I can't wait for everyone to taste the deliciousness for themselves."



Signs point to Bubba the Love Sponge returning to local airwaves – 98.7 FM changing formats
Eric Snider 
December 4, 2014

TAMPA - The way the chips are falling, Bubba the Love Sponge Clem could soon end up at WHFS-98.7 FM.

The inflammatory radio personality was surprisingly ousted from The Bone 102.5, owned by Cox Media Group, in August. Clem has surpassed his own prediction that he would be back on the air in Tampa Bay within 20 days.

The sports talk station called "The Fan" at 98.7 FM fired all of its on-air talent Thursday morning, according to locally-based radio consultant Gabe Hobbs. "I heard it from one of their personalities," he said. "They were told to come in and sign their severance packages."

At 3 p.m. on WHFS-FM, the scheduled time for the "Booger and Ryan" show, a recorded voice said, "Tampa radio is changing. Tune into the station on Monday morning Jan. 5 for a stunning announcement." Then they spun Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas."

"They might do some Christmas programming, but if it ends up a rock station, you can bet a fair amount of money that Bubba will be the morning man," Hobbs said.

Other factors come into play:

  • As of a Dec. 1 closing, Beasley Broadcast Group officially took over the six Tampa Bay radio stations previously owned by CBS Radio in a swap of assets. When new ownership comes in, it generally moves swiftly to make changes.
  • Further, a few Internet domain names were registered by the registrar normally used by Beasley: 987; and, according to
  • The Fan has struggled since launching in August 2012, languishing in the shadows 620 WDAE. RadioInsight reported that the station notched a paltry 0.8 share in October.
  • applies to the more successful Q105, a "Classic Hits" station. Q105 is part of Beasley's new Tampa portfolio, so they could be planning to move around some station formats.