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Brian Sussman is an American talk radio host on the San Francisco radio station KSFO.

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Biography

Brian was born in East Los Angeles, California.

Television career

Sussman is also known in the San Francisco area as the former weatherman at CBS station KPIX during the evening newscast. During his tenure at KPIX, he also anchored the weekly segment Brian's Kids for the noon newscast, which highlighted a local child in need of adoption. Sussman himself is an adoptive father of several children. He left the station in 2000, shortly after the retirement of longtime anchor and local personality Dave McElhatton to start his talk radio career on the KSFO program Right Thinking from the Left Coast. He returned to KPIX temporarily in 2001 as the 11 p.m. weatherman, but left after a contract dispute.

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Radio career

He hosts the Morning Show on KSFO from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. PT, Monday through Friday, having replaced retiring long-time host Lee Rodgers on February 19, 2010.[1] He is assisted by Officer Vic (Tom Benner), who provides traffic reports, and business reporter "Big Buck" McQuillan from The Wall Street Journal. Before that, he hosted his own conservative talk radio show, the Brian Sussman Show, weekdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT on KSFO. In addition to radio, Sussman is a businessman and claims to have no aspirations to take his show national.

Criticism

January 11, 2007, SF Chronicle reported[2] Sussman made overt anti-Muslim remarks which resulted in sponsors such as Bank of America and MasterCard pulling advertising time on Sussman's KSFO radio program.

On July 31, 2008, Keith Olbermann on his MSNBC program Countdown with Keith Olbermann, named Sussman the second "worst person in the world".[3] This was in reaction for Sussman criticizing Barack Obama for calling himself a "citizen of the world", when Ronald Reagan[4][5] used a similar term some 20 years prior.

Sussman has made statements that are alleged to be racist and homophobic, such as "gay and lesbian radicals actively recruit through our schools and the media".[6] On Thursday, August 7, 2008 while speaking of Barack Obama's father, Sussman said "Your father came here for the opportunity to get; one, a free education and two, to take advantage of some little white girl ..."[7]

On September 23, 2008 Sussman made disputed claims about Senator Obama's connections with Fannie Mae. Senator Obama does have connections with Fannie Mae but the claim that former Fannie Mae chairman and CEO Franklin Raines is a top adviser to the Barack Obama campaign is not true.[8]

On November 13, 2008, Sussman supported and encouraged the notion that Obama's campaign promises, included his theme of "Change" is strikingly similar to the rise in power of Adolf Hitler.[citation needed]

On January 12, 2010, Sussman read portions of a report by the Department of Homeland Security on what it called a recent surge of right-wing extremism in the United States. After reading the report's list of groups deemed to be of a high risk for domestic terrorism, Sussman stated that "these people" consider Americans who share a "Christian identity" to be more dangerous than Al Qaeda. Sussman failed to clarify that the report was referring to the White Supremacy movement called Christian Identity, which considers white people the chosen people and non-whites cursed by God, and instead suggested that the report was referring to all Americans who identify themselves as Christians.[citation needed]

Activism

Sussman used to run a television segment called "Brian's Kids" which highlighted San Francisco area children up for adoption. Sussman is an adoptive father himself, having adopted three children.

Sussman states he is a Bible-believing Christian. He often expresses his views of strong separation of church and state during his radio broadcast.

Sussman believes that anthropogenic global warming is a hoax. Sussman cites his knowledge of meteorology when making this claim.[9]

Sussman has stated that he has doubts about the citizenship of president Barack Obama.

References

  1. ^ Sussman filled in for Rodgers on the Morning Show regularly on Monday mornings and during absences for several years prior to the transition in February 2010.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Ironically, Mark Levin regularly refers to Keith Olbermann as "Keith 'Countdown-To-No-Ratings' Overbite" on his nationally-syndicated talk radio show.
  4. ^ Reagan: Citizen of the World
  5. ^ Question for KSFO's Sussman: Did Reagan's self-description as a "citizen ... of the world" make him the Antichrist, too?
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ The Fact Checker
  9. ^ backseatdriving.blogspot.com/2005_06_01

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