ATLANTA – April 19, 2012– Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa announced last week that 102.5 The Bone will drop Classic Rock and evolve into the first FM talk station in Tampa Bay history. Today the station announced the lineup set to debut this Monday, April 23.
Weekday mornings from 6– 10 a.m. will continue to be anchored by Tampa Bay’s most compelling morning host Bubba The Love Sponge®. “Bubba has been Tampa Bay’s top rated and most talked about personality for years, and will be the anchor for 102.5 The Bone as we make this evolution,” said Program Director Michael “Shark” Sharkey.
Following Bubba at 10:00 a.m. til noon will be In Your Face With Drew Garabo. The show will be a topic driven, caller intensive show in line with the fearless opinions of the entire radio station. Hosting a fresh new all-talk show will be something different from his current morning show on WSUN, but not foreign to Garabo. Prior to moving to Tampa, Garabo hosted a popular Orlando based FM talk show for 11 years.
At noon, the fearless conversation continues with The Billy Madison Show. Billy Madison and co-host Derek Allgood, along with cast members Chubbs and Nard, deliver fast paced and hilarious conversation to break up the mid-day. Billy and his cast host the top rated daily morning show bearing his name in San Antonio and will deliver a live Tampa Bay based show on The Bone weekdays from noon – 3 p.m. “I used to just listen to Bubba and Cowhead. Now to be on the same station with them is just frickin’ huge,” said Madison.
Tampa’s favorite afternoon drive personality, Mike “Cowhead” Calta, will continue his top rated show from 3 -7 p.m. The Cowhead Show has been a staple on The Bone for over six years. “I couldn’t be happier for Cowhead and his crew. His fans have been asking to receive his show without the interruption of music for a long time. We are happy to give them more of what they love,” said Sharkey.
Kicking off the weeknights is a show that is ready for prime time – Spice…Live! Longtime cast member of Bubba The Love Sponge® Show will move into the driver’s seat and host his own show weeknights from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Spice’s show will be a blend of pop culture, entertaining talk, and biting sarcasm met with a dose of reality. ”I want to thank Bubba & the crew for an amazing experience and thank them for their support,” Matt “Spice” Loyd said, “Over the last 15 years we became more than co-workers, we are Family. I’ve learned a lot and I hope to bring that experience to my own show. Having an FM talk show is truly a dream come true.”
To wrap up the day, The Nick and Artie Show will make its Tampa Bay debut Monday night and air weeknights from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. Sports talk radio has been turned on its ear with “The Nick and Artie Show,” a manic, late-night look at the world of sports and entertainment from the perspective of two fans, who also happen to be hilarious stand-up comedians. The nationally-syndicated radio show features Artie Lange, best known for his work on MADtv and the Howard Stern Show; and Nick DiPaolo, who has made frequent appearances on the Stern show and Comedy Central.
“The top-rated performance on our current shows clearly tells us that Tampa Bay likes what they hear and is asking for more. We have worked hard to insure we are giving them what they want with these compelling new shows. This is an exciting time in Tampa Bay radio.” said CMG Tampa VP and Market Manager Keith Lawless.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies. With $1.7 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including 30 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.