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Sunday, October 03, 2021

With all the FCC heat shock jocks have been getting this year, the satellite radio alternative has to be looking better and better. In fact, satellite has been actively courting the most controversial personalities. That courting has borne fruit in the case of former NYC shockers Opie and Anthony, who debut their XM Radio show tomorrow.

How about Bubba the Love Sponge, whose firing by Clear Channel lumped Tampa into this landscape? He’s running for Pinellas County Sheriff.

While Bubba insists he’s serious about wanting to serve in public office, there are reasons for skepticism:

There has been widespread speculation among critics and local political observers that [Bubba] Clem’s real interest is landing a contract on satellite radio, where listeners purchase a special receiver and pay a subscriber fee.

Clem said he isn’t negotiating such a deal now. He’s focusing his time on becoming sheriff. But if a deal came his way, Clem said he could do both jobs. He would go as far to install an emergency phone into his radio studio so he could be contacted by his deputies.

“People would know I would have to leave,” Clem said. “They could run tapes.”

Otherwise, he said he could do the morning drive time, then arrive at work at 10:30 a.m. for a full day of law enforcement.

“Radio has been my career,” Clem said. “Could I do both? Probably. Would I do both? Probably not. My No. 1 priority is to be the sheriff of Pinellas.”

And if you believe that, you’re probably not only dumb enough have formerly listened to Bubba’s show, but also dumb enough to vote for him.

The true story here is that Bubba has not been able to get either XM or Sirius interested enough to give him a show. That shouldn’t be surprising: The Tampa Bay area’s demographics likely don’t represent a robust subscriber radio market, and that’s probably doubly true of Bubba’s target market. In short, no one is actually going to pay to listen to Bubba’s show, especially not when over-the-air alternatives are playing. And if the Tampa Bay area isn’t buying, no one else will.

So the run for Sheriff is a publicity stunt, designed to get his name back in the media (where it’s been largely absent since he’s left the airwaves). He won’t win, despite what that idiot UCF professor thinks; name recognition won’t be enough to motivate his former listeners to the polls in large numbers.

I’ve said it before: Bubba is strictly small-time, and he’s going to stay that way. Once this nonsense blows over, he’ll resume his slow fade by guest-emceeing various fringe events, until time when no one will remember who he was.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/03/2021 04:23:11 PM
Category: Politics, Radio
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