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KRZQ Hosting Motorcycle Fundraiser Saturday for Family of Fallen Deputy PDF Print E-mail


Posted: Mon 3:45 PM, Oct 05, 2015


RENO, NV - Shamrock Communications Reno & 104.1 KRZQ is hosting a motorcycle charity ride to benefit the family of fallen Deputy Carl Howell with morning show host Bubba The Love Sponge.

The impact of Deputy Howell’s death wasn’t confined to just Carson, Reno or Sparks, as Bubba The Love Sponge ®, based in Tampa, Florida, heard about the death and decided to put together “Bikes for Badges” through his charity “The BTLS Foundation”.

The Bubba the Love Sponge Foundation was established as a 501(3)(C) Florida charity in late 2008 by syndicated radio host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem as a community awareness and donations vehicle that supports worthy causes and victims.

The “BTLS Foundation” has raised close to half a million dollars collectively for other families nationwide. The event will raise money by having listeners register for the ride through and T-Shirt sales.

In cooperation with local law enforcement organizations (NHP, RPD, SPD, Carson City & Washoe County Sheriff’s Office) Bubba and listeners will depart from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 10:30am October 10th and make the 30-mile ride to Chester’s Harley Davidson in Reno, where Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que is donating lunch for all the participating riders.

100% of the proceeds will go toward Deputy Carl Howell’s family. 
Pre-Registration is going on through Thursday (10/8) at noon at KRZQRadio.Com for $20. Riders can register on site the day of for $25 at the Carson City Sheriff’s Dept. beginning at 8a.




Bubba back on 98.7 WBRN Tomorrow 10/6/15


Bubba the Love Sponge at Seminole Casino Immokalee
CHARLES RUNNELLS 10:32 a.m. EDT June 11, 2015




His name is Bubba the Love Sponge. It says so right there on his driver's license and passport.

Don't believe it? That's OK. Neither do the people checking IDs at the airport.

"They're like, 'OK, smartass, where's your real one?'" says the Tampa-based shock jock, whose radio show appears on local FM station 96 K-Rock and other stations across the country. "And I'm like, 'No sir, that's my real one.'"

The controversial radio personality legally changed his name from Todd Clem to Bubba the Love Sponge in 1999. And it gets a reaction wherever he has to pull out his ID.

"It's always, 'Sir, really?' And I'm like, 'No, really,'" he says. "And they look it up and validate it, and then they laugh.

"It's always kind of an icebreaker. It kind of opens up this whole conversation. They say, 'Did your momma name you that?' And I'm like, 'No, I'm a radio guy.'"

Bubba probably won't need to show his ID when he appears Saturday at Seminole Casino Immokalee. The place will be packed with fans in the "Bubba Army," and they all know EXACTLY who he is.

He and the rest of his radio-show crew will put on his uncensored Bubbapalooza comedy show, which includes live music, stand-up, skits and other popular bits from his show.

Bubba chatted with The News-Press recently to promote the event. Here's what we learned.

He's just one fine away from getting a lifetime ban from terrestrial radio. He says he's racked up more than $1 million in FCC fines.

"I'm under the microscope daily," he says. "One more strike, and I'm officially banned for life on regular radio. I have the largest one-time fine in the history of the FCC. So one more strike, and I'm gone!

"My fine was $755,000. It was for just a plethora of eight or nine different things that they found offensive. It was $75,000 an utterance or something like that.

"I have over $1 million in fines. I'm in the seven figures. I should be getting a gold watch from the FCC soon (laughs)."

He seems to be a magnet for controversy and lawsuits — whether it's a sex tape involving his ex-wife and Hulk Hogan, allegedly slaughtering a pig on live radio, or just talking graphically about sex. That comes with the territory when you push people's buttons for a living. But Bubba says he's more annoyed with the online trolls.

"I don't get tired of lawsuits as much as I get tired of social networking and the haters," he says. "That's really a whole 'nother thing that I didn't anticipate in my career. That's something we didn't have before. It's bad. It's bad. They take swipes at my children. That's something that I never knew.

"You know what? I'm not involved in any lawsuits right now. But I'm always being killed by ... 8 or 10 trolls that are posting pictures of my son or my mom's address. That's what makes me want to quit and go back to Indiana to be a football coach."

He doesn't call himself a shock jock, but he doesn't mind much if you do.

"That's kind of a term that the media coined," he says. "It's anybody who is real and isn't the standard plastic template. It doesn't bother me.

"It's a smart-ass attempt to label me and pigeonhole me. But I'm obviously in good company with Howard."

He returned to terrestrial radio in 2012 after working for SiriusXM Satellite Radio. But it wasn't easy reining himself in after the uncensored, no-holds-barred world of satellite radio.

"It's continually a struggle to keep it between the lines, so to speak," he says. "I walk up to the ledge every day, but don't ever go over."

He knows exactly what he would have done if he'd been elected sheriff ofPinellas County in 2004 (he ended up getting about 30 percent of the vote).

"I would have been the sheriff," he says. "And been a kick-ass one!"

Connect with this reporter: Charles Runnells (News-Press) (Facebook) @charlesrunnells (Twitter)

If you go

What: Bubbapalooza with Bubba the Love Sponge

When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Seminole Casino Immokalee, 506 First St., Immokalee

Admission: Free