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Signs point to Bubba the Love Sponge returning to local airwaves – 98.7 FM changing formats PDF Print E-mail
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.

Bubba The Love Sponge Show Keeps Growing
NEWSFEED RSS posted by Dan K
October 9,2014

TAMPA - Bubba the Love Sponge is a hard man to keep down.

The radio personality has been fired numerous times and a few years ago he had to deal with SiriusXM low-balling him in negotiations despite the fact that he had the second most popular show on satellite radio behind only Howard Stern. That diss followed one a few years earlier when SiriusXM had offered so little the the BTLS team had to go back to traditional terrestrial radio, a challenging place to be for the raunchy crew. That however did not stop Bubba from once again rebuilding his career from the ashes and finding a way to succeed in a medium that has mostly become bland hosts and dull jokes.

The outspoken host took to Twitter to celebrate the latest affiliate his show has picked up while throwing it in the face of his detractors.

When we start jan 5 in takao that will make it 9 affiliates. Not bad for a radio show that only attracts dirt footed morons.

6:22 PM - 8 Oct 2014 

Bubba clearly wants to share his success with his fans.

For all the dumb asses that think our show isn't on fire. Just picked up ANOTHER affiliate. A fm rock station in Georgia. Details soon!!

Bubba the Love Sponge (born Todd Clem), is a native of Warsaw, Indiana who began his radio career in 1986 at WPFR in Terre Haute while he was in college. He was Howard Stern’s first choice to join him in his celebrated launch on Sirius Satellite Radio on Jan. 9, 2006.

Bubba The Love Sponge Close To Inking A Deal This Week?
Sept 15, 2014

TAMPA — As noted earlier this month (NET NEWS 9/2) and corroborated again, ALL ACCESS hears that BUBBA THE LOVE SPONGE not only has more than one opportunity in front of him, but that he could be leaning toward picking up a pen to sign with someone as early as this week. 

Could this new deal involve not only BUBBA in a Talk capacity, but have a Sports element to it?

If signed, that deal would likely begin JANYARY 1st, 2015, and would likely not only put BUBBA back on in TAMPA, but in how many other markets? Hmmmmmmm!

As the late, great PAUL HARVEY used to say: "Standby for news."