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




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 returns to local airwaves — in full attack mode
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  Reporter-Tampa Bay Business Journal
Jan 5, 2015, 2:53pm EST

 
 
 
 
TAMPA - It's war, people. War, I tell ya.

Bubba the Love Sponge Clem returned to the Tampa Bay airwaves Monday morning — on WHFS-98.7 FM, as was expected. He and his on-air cohorts spent their first few hours hurling taunts and insults at his morning show rival, Mike "Cowhead" Calta, who took Clem's spot at WHPT-102.5 "The Bone."

The two personalities, who characterize themselves as bitter enemies, spoke by phone on the air. According to Clem, Calta said on the radio that he would punch Clem in his "fat face."

Adding a bit of theater to the war of words, Calta parked his tour bus — which touts his radio show and his band, Pitbull Toddler — outside Clem's studio off Cypress Avenue in Tampa's Westshore area.

Inside the studio — which is tricked out like a nightclub with full bar and stage — staffers walked around in camouflage T-shirts emblazoned with "Operation Bury the Bone."

Clem was perched, throne-style, at his workstation, which has the trappings of a DJ booth, while his sidekicks sat at floor level facing him.

Just after 9 a.m., Clem hosted the media for an on-air Q&A.

He confirmed some things that have been widely reported, and offered a few further details:

Cox fired him (not his words) in August and paid him his "seven-figure" compensation to stay off the air until Dec. 31.

He was wooed by Clear Channel's iHeartRadio and gave serious consideration to returning to WXTB-FM "98Rock," where he started his Bay area career. CBS radio was also part of the "bidding war," Clem said.

When CBS vacated the market by swapping stations with Beasley Broadcast Group, Beasley vied for his services "in the 11th hour," Clem said. "And gave me an offer I couldn't refuse."
 

Clem did not provide financial details of his deal with Beasley.

He did reveal that the new operator, which owns six Tampa Bay stations, is building 98.7's programming around Clem's a.m. show, and will have a plan in place by February.

Asked if his talk-intensive show could change, perhaps to include music, Clem said he was not sure, although he has final say-so. "We have veto power over the format they pick," he added, referring to Beasley. "At the end of the day, we're kind of our own bosses."

Clem also alluded to a potential move to another dial position owned by Beasley. That is widely believed to be WRBQ-FM (Q-105), which has a much stronger, market-wide signal than WHPT. 
 
 
 
                                                   

 

 


 
Bubba The Love Sponge Clem returning to Tampa airwaves
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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."