In most of the Bay movies, Bumblebee speaks by playing snippets of radio and television broadcasts that use the words he wants to say.
The Junkions from the original Transformers movie, tv show and comics speak in a similar manner. While they don't play snippets, they repeat words and phrases from television.
Has Micheal Bay ever stated that this was indeed an homage to the Junkions? Or is it something he thinks he came up with on his own?