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St. Pete mayoral candidates to appear on Bubba the Love Sponge's morning show



Bubba-return-studio You've heard their stances on curbside recycling and keeping the Rays in the city; now hear what St. Petersburg mayoral candidates Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster think about NASCAR and the law prohibiting alcohol in all nude dance clubs!

Okay, they likely won't go that far. But the mind boggles when considering exactly what shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem will ask when the city's mayoral candidates stop by his in-your-face morning show this week.

Fosterandford Ford is scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. Tuesday for an hour; Foster goes on air Thursday at 10 a.m.

Clem's show airs locally from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays on WHPT-FM (102.5 the Bone), but producer Brent Hatley said the candidate appearances were scheduled later to fall outside the show's normal airtime and air only on WHPT. This means the regular show, which airs in markets ranging from Jacksonville, Miami and Orlando to Richmond, Va., and Dayton, Ohio, won't bore distant listeners.

Hatley said neither campaign asked for any conditions on questions, Breeolson1 though he expects the subjects to follow many of the same issues seen in previous candidate forums.

And though it may sound odd for a jock who once presided over the slaughter of a boar on air to now talk local politics, Clem often welcomes less controversial guests, such as author Max Blumenthal and Fox News Channel pundit Tucker Carlson.

Given Clem's success with male listeners, who might be tough to get to the polls (and Clem's penchant for lauding friends and excoriating enemies), it's not hard to see why the candidates accepted the invitation.

Still, this is a venue that has featured everything from a talent show featuring homeless contestants to an emotional meltdown by porn star Bree Olson (right), so who knows what's coming for these politicians?



[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:02pm]


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