Bubba the Love Sponge calls it quits with Sirius
Tampa, Florida – It’s official. They’ve split up.
The five-year love affair between wildly popular radio show talk show host Bubba the Love Sponge and Sirius XM Satellite Radio is over.
But, Bubba’s not crying.
In fact, he can’t wait to get started on his newest venture – the Tampa-based Internet radio service www.radioio.com.
In a one-on-one interview with 10 News, Bubba said, “Now I’m not limited by any boundaries. I mean, anywhere in the world, it’s the world wide web, and I’m the first in.”
The relationship ended on December 31.
Bubba says he and Sirius could not come to a contract agreement and that they were giving him an 80 percent pay cut.
“I have a product,” he told us. “My product is worth X amount of dollars. They were trying to pay me far less.”
Bubba says he’s excited about his new venture, and he looks forward to the unchartered territory.
“It’s not real sexy and real popular right now, but I think it’ll reap big benefits in a couple of years, and I’m a patient man,” Bubba said.
The one thing that the longtime radio host says makes him truly sad is not being on Sirius with his life-long friend, Howard Stern.
“Howard has become a very dear friend of mine. Howard is not the two-headed monster that everyone thinks he is, much like I am. We have a lot in common. When you think of shock jocks, it’s him and I, respectfully,” Bubba said.
Bubba’s publicist, Elise Brown, said, “No other major radio personality has made such a move. Even Adam Carolla doesn’t stream live or produce so much content for Internet-only.”
Bubba says he’s looking forward to being a pioneer in Internet radio.
Bubba is the first major talk and entertainment radio personality to leave satellite radio for a future on Internet radio.
From now on, Bubba’s syndicated, terrestrial morning talk show can now be heard streaming on their 73-channel music service, radioio.com, where exclusive new uncensored Bubba content is also being added.
The site crashed temporarily on January 2, after Bubba’s fans and followers across the United States and Canada, including 47,000 people on Twitter, logged on in anticipation of hearing him for free on the Internet.