Shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem taping talk show pilot with former Jerry Springer producer
The taping, planned for June 19 and 20, would feature Clem with an array of guests similar to the folks who call into his radio show, said producer Brent Hatley. Developed by Tribune Broadcasting, which already produces working-class talk shows such as Maury, Springer and The Steve Wilkos Show, Clem's show could air in late night or daytime in fall 2011, according to Broadcasting and Cable magazine.
The show will not feature the other members of Clem's radio crew and would tape multiple episodes every other weekend in Chicago at the studios for superstation WGN, if picked up, Hatley said.
That would put Clem in the position of hosting a morning radio show four days each week, taping an additional radio show for Sirius XM Satellite Radio on Fridays and filming his TV show on alternating weekends -- a potentially punishing schedule.
Clem was fired from a TV job earlier this year, booted in April from a position appearing on Spike TV's TNA Wrestling show after an on-air confrontation with a former TNA wrestler who he called a "big fake black b----."
His controversial past stretches back years in Tampa radio. He was fined a record $755,000 in 2004 by the federal government, prompting then-employer Clear Channel to fire him. He was also prosecuted for airing the slaughter of a boar on air, though he was acquitted of animal cruelty charges in 2002.
Clem will be developing the show with Richard Dominick (left), who departed Springer in 2008 after producing the controversial syndicated talk show for 18 years. Dominick is also producing several episodes of a talk show starring Cincinnati radio personality, Bill Cunningham, for a test airing on Tribune stations this summer, according to Broadcasting and Cable.
Both Clem and Cunningham are friend of Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels, who used to run Clear Channel Radio years ago.