With raunchy humor and a gleeful willingness to offend, Florida Man Radio launched Monday afternoon.
“The point is the city of Orlando has a choice in talk radio,” host Shannon Burke said of 660 AM and 105.5 FM. “I’m talking about real, spoken word, just real talk radio,” he added, an obvious swipe at Real Radio 104.1, his former employer.
“We’re not going to be afraid to talk about anything,” said fellow host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. “I think this is going to be some of the most polarizing radio that Orlando has had in a long time.”
Bubba will host in the mornings from Tampa, Burke is slated for afternoons, and the station streams at floridamanradio.com. Any topic, including their lives, will be material for their shows. Burke cited political correctness as cramping too many hosts’ styles.
“A lot of people hold back because they don’t want to start something. It’s a get-cha society,” Burke said.
Bubba bemoaned corporate correctness as well. “This station isn’t from a big corporation, so we can run a little looser,” he said.
JVC Media of Florida is the owner, and the start was a freewheeling conversation about how the men might be portrayed. “Two scumbag radio hosts have moved back to the city to sully our streets,” Burke suggested.
Bubba noted his past FCC fines; former employer Clear Channel once paid $755,000 for indecency violations associated with him.
“I had a great career in the city before I screwed it up,” Burke said. He shot his wife’s dog in April 2009 in what he said was an accident, and the bullet grazed his wife’s head. The wife and dog recovered, but Burke lost his job at Real Radio 104.1 and served about four months in the Seminole County Jail for the shooting.