Rick and Bubba
|Running time||4 hours|
Bill "Bubba" Bussey
|The Rick & Bubba Show|
|Format||Video simulcast of live radio show|
Bill 'Bubba' Bussey
Calvin 'Speedy' Wilburn
Michael 'Helmsey' Helms
|Country of origin||USA|
|Running time||4 hours
Live from 6:00am – 10:00am Central
|Original channel||Turner South|
|Original run||September 27, 2002 – April 28, 2006|
Rick Burgess (born October 3, 1964 in Oxford, Alabama) and Bill "Bubba" Bussey (born March 27, 1964 in Jacksonville, Alabama) are cohosts of The Rick and Bubba Show—a syndicated comedic radio program based in Birmingham, Alabama. and authors of several books.
The Rick and Bubba Radio Show
The Rick and Bubba Show is heard each weekday morning on their flagship station WZZK and on over 50 radio stations in 15 states – mostly in the Southern United States. As of March 2009 The Rick and Bubba Show can be heard on XM Radio channel 158. The show can also be heard during afternoon drive in various radio markets around the United States. The show also airs on weekends on select Stations.
Rick and Bubba call themselves "The Two Sexiest Fat Men Alive." Their jokes about their weight problems were also evidenced in their annual "Big Fat Lotto" cash giveaway contests sponsored by WYSF. They often refer to their Christian faith and beliefs on air and have been regarded as a family-safe alternative to "shock jocks" often associated with morning radio. Their political beliefs are also very conservative.
On Monday February 11, 2008, the broadcast location of the show moved to the Rick and Bubba Broadcast Plaza and Teleport in Vestavia Hills, which houses the studio as well as management offices for the show. The new location allows fans to witness the show from the sidewalk inside Vestavia Hills City Center, as well as the Golden Ticket Seats inside The Red Velvet Lounge.
On April 30, 2012 a spin off show was launched. From the other guys at The Rick & Bubba Show...“The Sports Czars” Speedy, Greg and Helmsey aka The Czars. Unfortunately, in mid-2013, the show was cancelled. However, a new pre-hour before the broadcast of "Rick and Bubba" proper (5:00am Central), was created for the three Czars.
The Rick & Bubba TV Show
On November 1, 2012 The Rick & Bubba Show launched as the morning show for Heartland (formerly TNN). The show is live 6am-10am CST Monday-Friday.
History of Rick and Bubba
Both Rick and Bubba grew up in Alabama and were active in athletics at their respective high schools. It was at high school sporting events that they knew of each other. At Jacksonville State University, they became friends by working together at WLJS-FM, the college's radio station.
After college, Bill got a job as engineer for WQEN, a radio station in Gadsden, Alabama, and recommended Rick for the station's morning show personality. In the late 1980s, Bill was a co-owner of an AM radio station in Jacksonville, Alabama. Rick had been working at WHMA radio in Anniston as a DJ. In 1989, Rick was also the host of a Friday night program called "Pigskin Roundup" that recapped high school football games and took live calls from listeners. In 1991 Rick started doing mornings at 97.9FM WVOK Oxford, Alabama. This was the first time for Rick doing mornings...It was called "The Morning Extra- vaganza" (Monday-Friday from 5A-9A). This is where Rick started doing many of the things now done on the Rick and Bubba Show. In 1993 Rick moved "The Morning Extrava- ganza" to Q104 WQEN Gadsden, Alabama.
Once Rick and Bubba formed a partnership at WQEN, they hosted their own version of this show on Friday nights during football season. The two began to work together to come up with ideas for the show. One of the ideas was to have Bill read Shakespeare in his deep Southern accent. Rick proclaimed that Bill sounded like his Uncle Bubba.
The characterization became the basis for one of their first contests called "Good Old Boy Theatre". Other contests currently featured on the show include "Drive Through Password", "Know the Good Book" (Bible trivia), "The Giant Game of Knowledge", and "It's a Country Song, or it Ain't". The "Bubba" nickname stuck for Bill. Bubba worked more and more with Rick and eventually became a regular part of Rick's show.
In 1998, the show was renamed "The Rick & Bubba Show," and moved to Birmingham when WQEN began targeting the Birmingham market to attract a wider audience.
The show moved to WYSF in early 1999. Two hours of their four-hour program were televised live on the Turner South network until April 28, 2006, which ended when Turner South was sold to Fox Sports in February 2006.
WYSF in Birmingham served as their flagship station until December 2006.
Rick's son, Blake Burgess, was a scholarship athlete who played for the Auburn University football program, winning a national championship in 2010-11.
Their first book, Rick & Bubba's Expert Guide to God, Country, Family & Anything Else We Can Think Of (ISBN 0-8499-0992-9), was published in March 2006, and quickly became a best-seller at Amazon.com and Books-A-Million as well as making the New York Times best seller list at the number 7 spot in the Miscellaneous category.
- Rick & Bubba's Expert Guide to God, Country, Family & Anything Else We Can Think Of (ISBN 0-8499-0992-9), March 2006
- The Rick and Bubba Code: The Two Sexiest Fat Men Alive Unlock the Mysteries of the Universe (ISBN 0-8499-1877-4), June 2007
- Rick and Bubba for President: The Two Sexiest Fat Men Alive Take on Washington (ISBN 0-8499-1878-2), June 2008.
- Rick and Bubba's Big Honkin' Book of Huntin (ISBN 1-4016-0401-3), September 2008
- Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage (ISBN 1-4016-0399-8), June 2009.
- Rick and Bubba's Big Honkin' Book of Grub (ISBN 1-4016-0402-1), March 2010
- We Be Big: The Mostly True Story of How We Became Rick and Bubba (ISBN 1-4016-0400-5), March 2011
Rick and Bubba have released "best of" CDs every year since 1998. The 2006 release Radio Gold, Volume 1, reached the number 9 spot on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart.
- The Smell Of Success (1998)
- Stay In It! Volume 1 (1999)
- Stay In It! Volume 2 (1999)
- Hey Buddy... Ya Broadcasting (2000)
- A Radio Oddity (2001)
- She Commenced To Shaving (2002)
- Got It Like We Like It! (2003)
- How 'bout That! (2004)
- Pull Our Finger! (2005)
- Radio Gold (2006)
- ... and Cake (2007)
- 14 Years and Still No Awards (2008)
- Radio Revolution (2009)
- I Don't Think We Got the Tools to Pull This Off (2010)
- Good Night Look at That! (2011)
- Triple Option (2012)
They lent their likenesses and voices to a 1990s series of animated television commercials for Jack's, a Birmingham-area fast food chain. In the ads, they were tormented by "Jumping Jack Chicken", a Mick Jagger-styled rooster.
In the 1999 film Southern Heart, they were heard (but not seen) portraying radio personalities.
Their screen debut was in the 2001 film Rustin where they played bartenders Red No. 1 and Red No. 2.
They owned a short-lived (8 months) fast food restaurant in Pelham, Alabama in 2002.
In 2005, they were cast in a Max Lucado kids' DVD, "A Fruitcake Christmas" (part of the Hermie and Friends series) as the voices and images of two food-hoarding cockroaches, Iggy and Ziggy, where they starred along with Tim Conway and Don Knotts (Hermie and Wormie respectively). Rick and Bubba repeated the roles of Iggy and Ziggy in the 2006 DVD "To Share or Nut to Share" and the 2008 DVD "Hermie and the High Seas" (In these DVDs Rick is Ziggy and Bubba is Iggy).
In 2007, Rick and Bubba were cast in an episode of the Christian video series Bibleman: PowerSource called "Crushing the Conspiracy of the Cheater." They played the roles of the evil Whiner Brothers.
In 2011, Rick and Bubba launched a line of beef jerky.
- "The Award Winning Rick & Bubba Web Site".
- "Construction under way on 'Rick and Bubba' show studio". Birmingham News. August 24, 2007.
- "Rick and Bubba for President". BAMM. May 29, 2008.