Bubba Trial Focuses on Death Threats
Former Clear Channel General Manager Dan DiLoreto took the stand Thursday in the Bubba The Love Sponge defamation lawsuit filed by Todd Schnitt. Tapes of previous Bubba shows were played where Bubba said Schnitt rigged a national contest and that "I will not be happy until I have an MJ funeral in the streets in Tampa, Fla." There were also a lot of references to "Bubba's Army," as lawyers clearly tried to paint the group of Bubba listeners as a violent bunch.
DiLoreto told the court when the two jocks were working together at the same station they were told notto talk about each other on the air, because they were feuding so much, and there were times they were called into his office to discuss their issues. Bubba was eventually hired by another station where the two became morning show rivals. In other Bubba clips played yesterday Bubba was heard saying, "We seek and destroy," and "MJ, that's the only person I really want to die, seriously." When Bubba's attorney asked DiLoreto if he thought Schnitt was at all financially damaged by the "Radio Wars," he answered no. DiLoreto testified that, in his opinion, comments made by Bubba on his radio program went beyond theatre of the mind.
There were many sidebars between lawyers and the judge yesterday which left the two former morning show rivals at their respective tables alone. In addition, when the website WTSP.com airs the trial live, many Bubba fans have been tweeting in a live chat box. The tweets, at times, have been extremely amusing.
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