Controversial radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem no longer can be heard on Tampa’s broadcast airwaves.
As part of a change to the daily lineup on WHPT (102.5 FM), Cox Media Group Tampa announced it was discontinuing the shock jock’s show, effective immediately.
“We appreciate everything the Bubba the Love Sponge Show has done for “us over the past six years,” Keith Lawless, CMG Tampa’s vice president and marketing manager, said in a story posted on the station’s website. “We now are taking the station in a different direction.”
Clem’s show, which is syndicated to several markets in and out of the state, will continue to record out of the station’s Tampa studios through the end of the year.
WHPT (“102.5 The Bone”) will fill Clem’s 6-10 a.m. slot with “The Mike Calta Show,” which will move from 3-7 p.m. “In Your Face With Drew Garabo” moves to afternoon drive time.
“CMG periodically changes direction, talent and format of its various media programs in order to provide our audiences with fresh perspectives and compelling content,” Lawless said. “The Bone has proven to be one of America’s most outspoken radio stations. Tampa Bay can expect The Bone to continue to deliver ‘Real, Raw, Radio’ every day.”
The enigmatic Clem has made headlines over the past several years. He was involved in a public dispute with disc jockey Todd “MJ” Schnitt, who filed an unsuccessful defamation lawsuit against Clem. An outgrowth of the case was a ruling by the Florida Bar that Clem’s lawyers violated professional and ethical standards related to a drunk-driving arrest of one of Schnitt’s lawyers.
In 2012, former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan filed a civil suit against Clem, and Clem’s ex-wife, Heather Clem, accusing the pair of videotaping Hogan and Heather Clem having sex in Heather Clem’s bedroom about six years earlier. The suit was settled out of court.