Bubba the Love Sponge Show

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The Bubba the Love Sponge Show
Genre Adult talk
Running time 6am - 10am weekdays M-F
Starring Bubba the Love Sponge
Mike "Manson" Waters
Nedley Mandingo III (fictional character)
Shannon Burke
25 Cent
Creator(s) Bubba the Love Sponge
Producer(s) Andrew "Hurricane Stevens" Eden
Opening theme "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" by AC/DC
Ending theme "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" by AC/DC
Website http://www.btls.com

The Bubba the Love Sponge Show is an American morning talk show hosted by Todd Clem a.k.a. Bubba the Love Sponge. The show is operated out of the Bubba Radio Network studios located in Tampa, Florida. The show is censored and airs Weekdays M-F from 6am - 10am on terrestrial radio and streaming online.

List of Terrestrial Stations That Carry the Show[edit]

  • WHPT-FM 102.5 "The Bone" in Tampa, FL (market 18)
  • WRXK-FM 96.1 "K-Rock" in Ft. Myers, FL (market 61)
  • WYBB-FM 98.1 "98 Rock" in Charleston, SC (market 79)
  • WTRS-FM 102.3 "My Country" in Gainesville-Ocala, FL (market 88)
  • KRZQ-FM 104.1 "The Real Alternative" in Reno, NV (market 125)
  • WZLB-FM 103.1 "The Blaze" in Valparaiso, FL (market 184)

Show staff[edit]

Main on-air staff[edit]

  • Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.
  • Mike "Manson" Waters
    • Nedley "Ned" Mandingo III (a Fictional character voiced by Mike "Manson" Waters) [1]
  • Shannon Burke
  • Broderic Epps "25 cent"

Other notable staff[edit]

  • Nicholas Termine - "Chaz"
  • Carl Harangozo - "Carl Harris"
  • Andrew "Hurricane Stevens / Boner" Eden

History[edit]

Bubba began broadcasting a live morning show from Tampa radio station WHPT (102.5 "The Bone") on January 8, 2008 which was simulcast on the Jacksonville, Florida radio station WFYV-FM (104.5 FM).[2] During the second quarter of 2008, Bubba's show received a number one rating[3] in his home market of Tampa. Cox Radio then expanded its broadcast of the Bubba the Love Sponge show to include four more radio stations covering the cities of Miami, Orlando, Ft. Myers and Richmond.

In December 2008, Bubba extended his contract with Sirius/XM for another 2 years. The contract consisted of a playing of the "raw tapes" of his terrestrial morning show. This means that if a caller curses, listeners of the Sirius show heard the cursing, followed by an apology, or the hosts reminding they can't say such words on the radio. If there was an uncensored comedy bit played, the bit was "cleaned up" for terrestrial radio, but the original uncensored bit was usually played on Sirius. On Friday mornings at 10 am ET, Bubba was live on SiriusXM. This show re-aired at 3 pm ET in the usual afternoon time slot and again in the usual overnight slot at 1 am ET.

In January 2009, Cox Radio stations WHDR-FM Miami (93 Rock), WHTQ-FM Orlando (96.5), WZLR Dayton, Ohio (95.3) and WDYL Richmond (Y101), along with Beasley Broadcast Group station WRXK-FM Ft. Myers (96 K-Rock), also began broadcasting the Bubba the Love Sponge Show.

On April 29, 2010, WDYL changed formats to Rhythmic CHR as "HOT 100.9",[4] dropping the Bubba the Love Sponge Show in the process

On Oct 18, 2010 Bubba's show debuted on WYBB in Charleston, South Carolina.[5]

On December 31, 2010 Bubba decided not to take the offer to continue on Sirius/XM Satellite radio service, due to the low pay offered.[6]

On Jan 3, 2011 Bubba announced he would have an internet show on radioio.com and feature several programming features throughout the day starting on January 10, 2011.[7]

In March 2011, WZLR/Dayton announced that they were dropping the show in order to present more music during the morning drive hours.[8]

On August 15, 2011, WHTQ in Orlando (now WDBO-FM) and WFYV-FM in Jacksonville dropped Bubba the Love Sponge from their morning lineup, in WHTQ's case, it was due to a format change in which the station began a simulcast with WDBO.[9]

On January 4, 2012, Bubba announced that Cox radio had extended his contract with WHPT for three more years, with an option for 2015. Also on that date, it was announced that the program will be carried on W232CA 94.3 FM and WGPR-HD3 in Detroit, Michigan, beginning January 11, 2012 (Although Bubba himself took the day off);[10] On January 31, 2012 Martz Communications Group ceased operations of WGPR's HD Radio feeds, due to financial and signal difficulties.[11]

On August 14, 2012 All Access reported[12] that Andrew "Hurricane Stevens" Eden has joined the Bubba Radio Network as co-producer.

On April 30, 2013 when KFNS (AM) announced that they were changing formats from "The Fan" to "The Man" it was announced that they will be airing the show, replacing then current morning host Tim McKernan when his deal runs out.[13]

Beginning September 3, 2013, the show was picked up by WTRS 102.3 in Ocala, FL.[14]

December 2013 was the last live show to air on KFNS (AM), adding to the long list of stations that have dumped the show. [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.btls.com/show-staff/ned
  2. ^ Jacksonville.com
  3. ^ Saghir, Ryan (May 5, 2008). "Bubba The Love Sponge regains No. 1 spot in Tampa Bay" (Original). Orbitcast (Online: Orbitcast). Retrieved June 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ AllAccess.com (April 29, 2010). "Alternative Y101 Now Top 40/Rhythmic Hot 100.9/Richmond". All Access Music Group. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.98xonline.com
  6. ^ Martin, Adam (December 22, 2010). "Bubba "The Love" Sponge has radio show canceled". WrestleView. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  7. ^ News, BTLS (January 3, 2011). "Exclusively on RadioIO.com - Schedule below". BTLS. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  8. ^ AllAccess.com (March 8, 2011). "WZLR Drops Bubba". All Access Music Group. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ Jacksonville.com
  10. ^ All Access: "Bubba Is About To Get Boned In Detroit", January 5, 2012.
  11. ^ Venta, Lance. "Detroit's Bone and Oasis Go Dark". Radio Insight. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Hurricane Stevens to the BRN". Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
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  15. ^ http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/television/dan-caesar/media-views-the-wildest-year-in-st-louis-sports-media/article_4a58d5f2-392b-5a6b-a82c-5ba974da8374.html