Bubba the Love Sponge is back on FM radio in Tampa Bay

Radio host Bubba "The Love Sponge" clem seen in court in 2013. [Times files]
Radio host Bubba "The Love Sponge" clem seen in court in 2013. [Times files]
Published February 2
Updated February 2

Radio host Bubba “The Love Sponge” Clem can once again be heard on the FM airwaves in Tampa Bay.

The Bubba the Love Sponge Show will be simulcast on 98.3 FM, which broadcasts across Pinellas County, beginning Feb. 5, Genesis Communications said in a news release.

Clem’s show has aired on WWBA-AM 820 weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. since last February, and will continue to be heard there as well.

Clem, who lives in St. Petersburg, landed at WWBA-AM 820 after Beasley Broadcast Group’s WBRN-FM 98.7 said in December 2016 it would no longer broadcast his show in the Tampa Bay area following a ratings-tampering lawsuit filed against him by Nielsen.

Clem admitted to the ratings tampering charges at a news conference in 2016.

The radio host has been a part of several controversies over the years. In 2001 he was charged with animal cruelty after the castration and slaughter of a pig on air. He was later acquitted.

Three years later, he was fired from his nationally syndicated radio show by Clear Channel (which has since become iHeartRadio Inc.) after racking up $755,000 in fines from the Federal Communications Commission.

In 2006, Clem recorded a video of wrestler Hulk Hogan having sex with his wife, a tape that was later leaked to Gawker. Hogan and Clem settled a lawsuit out of court.

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