28 January 2004
A little less spongeworthy
His real name, we are told, is Todd Clem, but the world or at least the world which listens to shock-jock radio knows him as Bubba the Love Sponge, and his zany antics/vulgar emissions (choose one) are going to cost his employer three-quarters of a million dollars.
I've never heard Bubba obviously this isn't the sort of thing that is going to penetrate Oklahoma airwaves (we don't get Howard Stern either) but I don't think my life is any poorer because of this lack.
Clear Channel Radio CEO John Hogan issued the following statement:
We work hard every day to entertain, not offend our listeners. None of us defend or encourage indecent content it's simply not part of our corporate culture.
On one level, I'm inclined to believe Hogan; Top 40 radio and its fragmented successors have always been somewhat conservative, if only because the desire to reach the maximum number of listeners demands programming to encourage a minimum number of tune-outs. Clearly Bubba's audience sticks by him. Still, it's not like Bubba's never been in trouble before, and should the management decide he's more trouble than he's worth, they'll leave him on the shore soaking up unemployment benefits.