Bubba the Love Sponge (born Todd Alan Clem in Warsaw, Indiana on April 23, 1966) is a radio talk show host. Bubba's radio shows are broadcast on Howard 101 at Sirius Satellite Radio and on various Cox Radio stations.
Early career and the FCC
The Federal Communications Commission issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (a precursor to a fine) of $755,000 against four stations owned by Clear Channel Communications (including its parent station, WXTB) on January 27, 2004 for objectionable segments of "Bubba the Love Sponge" aired on its stations in five Florida cities: Callahan, Clearwater, Port Charlotte and West Palm Beach, and Jacksonville. The fine consisted of the maximum of $27,500 for each of 26 airings of a segment plus $40,000 for record-keeping violations.
The segments included graphic discussions about sex and drugs and according to the FCC were "designed to pander to, titillate and shock listeners". One segment featured the cartoon characters Alvin the chipmunk, George Jetson and Scooby Doo discussing sexual activities.
Clear Channel Communications discontinued Bubba's show on February 23, 2004 and two days later, Clear Channel CEO Maceo Butler testified in front of Congress, stating that the "Bubba the Love Sponge" show would no longer be broadcast on Clear Channel.
Bubba began broadcasting on Sirius Satellite Radio on January 9, 2006. 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 (104.5 FM). During the second quarter of 2008, Bubba's show received a number one rating 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 rebroadcast of his terrestrial morning show, in addition to a satellite only show Friday mornings.
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. Bubba's show is broadcast live each day with a 60-second delay from Bubba's custom, multimedia studio in Tampa.
On January 3, 2010, Bubba announced via his Twitter account that he had signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a backstage interviewer. He made his debut the following day on the special live, three-hour, Monday night edition of TNA Impact!, participating in four short backstage segments.