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RAIN 1/3: Bubba the Love Sponge heading to Internet radio

Posted on: 01/03/2011

BUBBA TO HOST LIVE NET RADIO SHOW ON RADIOIO, PLUS MUSIC SIDE-CHANNELS

Todd Clem, better-known as Bubba the Love Sponge, has departed from Sirius XM to join Internet radio network Radioio. He’ll host a live web radio program from 6am to 10am (Eastern) Monday through Friday. At other times, Radioio will stream the “best of” Bubba. Starting January 10, Radioio will also offer music side-channels programmed by Bubba and his fellow personalities.

“We view this launch as the next evolution in Internet Radio,” said Thomas Bean, CEO of IO World Media, Radioio’s parent company. You can tune in to Bubba the Love Sponge’s Radioio channel here.

Bubba the Love Sponge has been featured on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM channel Howard 101 since 2005. His contract with the satellite broadcaster expired on New Year’s Eve. Clem reportedly told his fans Sirius XM offered him “five times less” money than his original contract. Clem will give a press conference on January 5 to discuss his new venture at Radioio. Find Radioio’s press release here.

You may recall rumors about Howard Stern heading to Internet radio before he re-signed with Sirius XM. While those rumors proved unfounded, one in October about Bubba was right on the money (RAIN coverage here).

STERN NOW HEARD ON SIRIUS XM MOBILE APPS

Part of Howard Stern’s new deal with Sirius XM reportedly included the availability of Stern’s content on mobile apps (RAIN coverage here). It seems that content is already available, no app updates required. Satellite Radio Playground reports that Sirius XM Internet radio subscribers should see Howard Stern programming on their iPhone, BlackBerry and Android apps. You can find more coverage here.

MERCEDES/NOKIA PARTNERSHIP TO BRING NET RADIO TO ’12 C-CLASS

Nokia’s in-car smartphone integration system, dubbed Terminal Mode (RAIN coverage here) will come built-in to new 2012 Mercedes C-Class models. The system hooks up with your smartphone to deliver Internet content to your dashboard, including Net radio, Google Maps and other goodies. Engadget has more here.

Pandora announced in October 2010 that its service would be coming to select Mercedes models (RAIN coverage here).

GRACE TO SHOW OFF 3 NEW COLOR-SCREEN WI-FI RADIOS AT CES

Grace Digital will officially unveil 3 new color-screen tabletop Wi-Fi Internet radios at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The Solo Touch ($250) features a 4.3-inch touch-screen, while the less-pricey Bravado X ($180) offers a smaller 2.7-inch color screen. Finally, the Mondo ($170) is the alarm-clock model, complete with snooze button and a 3.5-inch color display.

All 3 models can access Pandora, Sirius XM, iHeartRadio, WeatherBug, CBS Radio, MP3Tunes and more. They can all be controlled through a free iPhone app, though the Solo Touch also includes its own remote control. Engadget has more coverage here.



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