Brian Sussman was born in East Los Angeles and raised in Golden, CO and Northbrook, IL. He graduated from Glenbrook South High School in 1974. It was there that Brian became best friends with Carl Cipolla, a classmate and fellow raconteur. Carl passed away in 1990. Carl’s sister Cara and Brian have teamed up produce a new radio talk show, Straight Talk with Brian Sussman, broadcast on KAZM in Sedona, Arizona.
Brian graduated from the University of Missouri in 1978 with a B.S. in radio, television, and film. He grew up in a Jewish family and converted to Christianity while in college. He married his high school sweetheart, Sue. They have four children, three of whom were adopted.
After graduating from Mizzou, Brian went into television news, cutting his teeth managing the newsroom of an ABC-TV affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. A few years later scored a job in Reno (KOLO-TV), where he wore several hats including a producing and hosting a segment on the late newscast known as, Night Scene.
For nearly three decades Brian has been a top media personality in the San Francisco Bay Area. For many of those years he was the market’s top television meteorologist and recognized by his peers as one of the most accurate and entertaining in the business.
His accolades include nearly two dozen state and regional awards for “Best Weathercast” from the Associated Press and Radio-TV News Directors Association, a handful of Emmys, and an award of merit from the National Education Association for his enlightening science reporting. During the 1990s Brian served as the fill-in weatherman on the nationally broadcast CBS Morning Show with Harry Smith.
Climate Change Author
Brian’s expertise and scientific knowledge about meteorology led him to write two books on the politicalization of climate change. His first book, bestseller Climategate: A Veteran Meteorologist Exposes the Global Warming Scam, was published on Earth Day, April 22, 2010. He argues that climate change is independent of human activities, contrary to the scientific consensus.
In early 2001, following the adoption of their fourth child, Brian arranged to leave his contract with KPIX-TV in order to devote more time to raising his kids (getting home at 12:30AM after doing the 11PM news was just not cutting it for the Sussman family).
Then on September 11, 2001, Brian was asked by the Bay Area’s Christian radio station, KFAX, if he could fill-in as host of their afternoon talk show, as the regular host was stuck in the Seattle airport due to the air traffic being shut down following the attack on our nation.
Despite the tragedy of that day, the overall program went so well that the station added him to their regular lineup of show hosts. Later that year, the Bay Area’s top conservative radio station, KSFO, offered Brian an evening drive time show. Success in that time slot led to him becoming the station’s morning host from 2009 through 2019.
Radio Hall of Fame – Most Popular Radio Personality of The Year
In 2018, Sussman won the Don Sherwood Award from the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame for being the Bay Area’s most popular radio personality of the year.
Beginning in 2018, Sussman launched two podcasts on his website: Hidden Headlines, which discusses news and culture with an emphasis on faith, family and freedom, and Another Chance, where Sussman interviews people who “have personally experienced a divine reboot.
In addition to his KSFO show, Sussman has been a guest host on The Savage Nation and The Mark Levin Show.
Brian opted to not renew his radio contract with KSFO in 2020 so he could spend more quality time with his family, his friends, and his study of the Word of God.
Brian’s Kids – Helping with Adoption of Foster Kids
Brian has also been recognized by the State of California for assisting in the adoption of foster children. Through his organization, Brian’s Kids, Brian utilized the airwaves of KPIX-TV in San Francisco to highlight children waiting for adoptive families. Between 1989 and 2001, four hundred foster children were placed into permanent families thanks to Brian’s Kids. Even his own family expanded via adoption during those special years.
You can learn more about Brian’s and inspiring and engaging Podcasts and Blog at his website BrianSussman.com.