National radio personality and controversial “shock-jock” , Bubba “The Love Sponge” Clem, is at it again. Using his daily morning show on Tampa Bay’s The Bone, 102.5, Bubba has taken to the air-waves to voice his displeasure with fellow radio D.J., Cledus T. Judd, from WQYK.FM (99.5) and his Caylee Anthony tribute song.
According to Judd, the song, “She’s Going Places”, which he co-wrote with Gary Levox from the popular country band, “Rascal Flatts”, was intended to draw attention to the dead toddler, and not her Mother, who it’s been reported, is being offered up to $1.5 million for an interview.
“This was done as a labor of love”, Judd said. He hopes to raise the money to keep Caylee’s memory alive.
However, Bubba took exception to the song because he contends that Judd never met Caylee and could not possibly know if the things he sings about the child, in the song, are true.
The song, with over 700,000 hits on YouTube was re-recorded by R&B singer Brian McKnight on Wednesday evening. The proceeds of this version, which will cost .99, when available on I-Tunes, will be donated to the anti-child abuse advocacy group at Protect.org.
“I never dreamed in a lifetime that it would cause this entire community of people who do what I do to start this gang war in a five-mile radius”, said Judd, whose real name is Barry Poole.
The feud came to a boil Thursday, on both radio shows, when Bubba called the rival jock and disputed the charity’s finances, claiming most of the funds raised by the National Association to Protect Children was used on salaries, instead of children.
Using a 2009 income tax return for the organization, Bubba was quick to point out that nearly ¾ of the monies raised was used for salaries and benefits.
Clem heads his own charity, The Bubba the Love Sponge Foundation, a 501(3)c organization that was founded in 2008 and has raised more that $110,000 for the survivors of fallen police officers. Copies of the income tax for this charity can be found on their website, btlsfoundation.org.
The phone conversation between Orlando Davis, co-host of WQYK’s morning show, and Clem, went back and forth with Davis accusing Bubba of doing everything he does for attention and Bubba calling him a liar and asking him to play the song to prove to his listeners how “cheesy” it is.
“It’s a huge sense that Bubba crossed a line,” Davis said. “For them to lambaste a guy trying to help kids? It felt like it was taking away from the task at hand.”
Bubba felt differently. “All I’m guilty of is thinking the song is pandering and cheesy, while questioning the charity. “
To hear audio of the phone call and a recording of “She’s Going Places” (Caylee’s Song) go to tampabay.com/blogs/media.
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