What’s Up, Suss? (with an update)

Yes.  I have received and have read (most) of your emails asking a variation of the above question.

First off, I appreciate your concern.  I’ve been a featured part of the KSFO lineup since 2002. My first duties on the iconic San Francisco-based station involved hosting an evening program from 5-8PM, as well as anchoring the Morning Show each Monday (radio superstar Lee Rodgers commandeered the microphone Tuesday through Friday).

In 2010, Lee retired and I was given the Morning Show duties, five days a week. In the beginning the programs ratings were respectable, but in recent years the numbers have become exceptionally strong (and thus, the show is quite profitable).  Thank you for listening and allowing us to fan the flames of freedom (and daily unpack the chuckle truck).

To do a morning show the way we do it is tough.  The energy level must be high for four-hours straight. The content has to be engaging and entertaining.  The preparation is seemingly non-stop and includes getting behind the computer at 3AM to tie all the loose ends together before showtime at 5.  I thank God for my partners in this effort: the beloved Katie Green (news, traffic, and satire), and our producer, the astute Sheri Yee.   These two make the job much easier, and ensure the show’s success.

That said, in April, my superiors at KSFO (in whom I have complete respect) noted my tireless work ethic and suggested I pull back to four days per week.  That’s why my brother, Brad, and Dan Mandis are often filling in once each week.

But that still doesn’t answer many of your questions regarding recent absences from the airwaves.

As most of you may recall, in June my mother died. I was always warned that when the second parent dies it can really throw you for a loop—and it did.  Despite the fact I hated her coffee (old joke), I loved my mom.

Then, more recently, I had a fluke health issue that put me in the hospital for a couple days (don’t worry, I put in five miles on the treadmill this morning, so I’m all right).  Nonetheless, it was still a sign that I can’t reverse entropy.

Getting old sucks, but it beats the alternative.

I hope this suffices in responding to your hundreds of inquiries, and I appreciate your support.  Back to work tomorrow!

Hanging up on myself…

Brian

UPDATE: October 23, 2019 –

As many of you are aware, I returned to work on October 9th and then vanished from the airwaves a couple days later.

Yes, this whole situation is health related but, thank God, not life-threatening.  Not sure when I’ll be able to return, but I’m hopeful that my predicament is soon alleviated!

By the way, the staff and management at KSFO has been great during this odd ordeal.

Again, thanks for your heartfelt concern.

Brian

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  1. James says

    Indeed this helps my curiosity, Brian.
    I’ve been waking up to your show for many years and I wish you the very best of everything.
    James.

  2. Rashida says

    It’s a lot to handle, Brian but I’m glad to hear your health is A-O-K!
    I will now hang up on myself.
    Rashida Matthews

  3. Janice says

    I was wondering what was going on!
    I love Katie and Sheri–they are soooooo funny.
    Thanks for a a great show and may God bless you.
    Janice K.

  4. Darren says

    Dude, you are the funniest conservative on radio or TV. I laugh out loud every morning when I listen. Thanks for everything you do and I hope your health is really doing better.
    I will now hang up on myself. CLICK.
    Darren H.

  5. A.M. McCarthy says

    Brad does a great job. Dan just misses the mark. But, you da’ man and your Bay Area connection and deadon weather is sorely missed. Take care of yourself and I pray for you and your family.

  6. Angie S. says

    I finally found your website to read what is going on with you! We will pray for your strength so that you can return soon. Miss you! I’m hanging up on myself…

  7. Yvonne says

    Keeping you in my prayers! I love listening to the morning show. Brad is doing an awesome job filling in for you.

  8. Linda Anderson says

    Brian, I’ve been concerned by your absence, but hopeful that you simply had business to take care of after your dear mother’s passing. You are so correct, getting old sucks, and I’m truly sorry health issues have been the reason for your absence. The crew has been doing an awesome job covering for you, but it isn’t the same without you.

    Sending prayers and healing hugs that you will be ‘back in the saddle’ again soon!

  9. Julia Murray says

    Listening from across the country in NJ and VT on my beautiful Fall morning walks. Sending prayers your way to help with your health challenge. Yes. We need you back on the airwaves hopefully as soon as you feel ready to come back. So glad I found your show. God bless you!

  10. Linda Bernal says

    I for one was just worried about you. I pretty much guessed it correctly. (Lost my Mom 8 years ago). Take care of yourself, that’s number one. Miss you!
    Linda B

  11. Suzan Van Tassel says

    Thank you for the update! I thought something was amiss! Love brother Brad but miss You! Hope things get better and you can come back to your show! Thinking and praying for you ‘

  12. June Lehmann says

    Brian…I discovered your show maybe a year ago now…and just love you both!! I live in Temecula, CA. And pick you up on my internet radio. We have missed you off the air, and have just read that you are dealing with a health issue, and I am so sorry to read this. Give all your problems to God and He will take care of you. I am a two time cancer survivor….I put God in the driver’s seat and I am but His passenger!! Take care..will add you to my prayers…and yes..we’re getting older and should cherish every day!! I’ll hang up on myself!!

    • Brian Sussman says

      Many years ago I had a truck with a bumper stick that read: God is my co-pilot.
      All these years later I agree with you: God is the pilot, I’m just the passenger.
      Best regards,
      Brian

  13. Debra says

    Miss your hilarious banter with Sheri and Katie. Love your bro, but miss you and I absolutely rely on your weather forecasts! Hope your health is restored and you come back soon. Hanging up….click

  14. Marcia Cuttter says

    You are missed and hope you’ll be back on the air soon. You are on a demanding schedule and it stresses the body.
    Take care so when you return toy will be fit as a fiddle .. Sending love and prayers.
    Marcia Cutter

  15. Jeanne Lawrence says

    Having a four day work week is a treasure, but now you have really taken it too far……..We are all so spoiled by you and your team, all of them! My thoughts and prayers are with you and we know you will be back soon, because you have taken care of yourself just like Dr. Recipe Magee taught you!
    Jeanne

  16. Barb and Mike Kish says

    Hi Brian… We love you Brian and send God’s blessings to you. With his strength and healing you will be back in the saddle again real soon. You are the BEST!! We so appreciate your update. You had us so worried. Family worries about family and you and everybody on the Morning Show are family, including Brad. He is an awesome brother. We look forward to your return soon. You are in our prayers. Barb & Mike

  17. Gail Watkins says

    I, too, have wondered about your health with your absences. How I miss the 3 of you. This past year has been a difficult for you, a dutiful son. Your brother and Dan have been great stand-ins, but no one can replace you, Katie and Sheri with your special easy banter. I pray for a speedy recovery. Your podcasts get me through many difficult days. I, too, was hoping you were in Montana(?)mines getting special healing. Love you….get well soon

  18. Tim McGill says

    Hey Brian,
    From a long time listener back to the days of your afternoon show, And your stand up antics with Lee and Melonie .
    I was afraid to find out something bad had happened to you and didn’t want to hear that. I am relieved to hear it will be ok
    Get well soon buddy. Tim from Petaluma

  19. KATHY L. WATSON says

    Oh Brian I miss you and was concerned with your absence, like many of us we wake up to your show and enjoy all of you, Brad is doing a great job,but we miss you. Thank you for cluing us in cause we were worried. God give you strength and heal you,will look forward to your return, now I will hang up on myself. Kathy.

  20. Gabriel de la Rosa says

    Thank you for this update. I was worrying that you or a close loved one was dealing with a grave illness. I hope that you can rebound soon. I miss your wit and analysis even though you drive me crazy when you start bagging on Teslas! You will be in my thoughts and prayers through your return to the airwaves. God bless you.

  21. George Chiu says

    Hey Guy, thanks for clarifying your absence..was beginning to worry a bit. Along with all your other fans and listeners, we will keep you in our prayers 🙏for your quick return!
    (P.S. thanks again for the live “studio audience” event a couple months ago, which I was lucky enough to attend)😊

  22. Robert P. says

    Like so many others, I wish you the best with your recovery. I look forward to hearing your daily banter with Katie and
    Sherrie and your pithy comments on news-related topics.

  23. Mount Hermon John says

    Brian,
    Really appreciate the update. Love listening to your program for many years off and on (get to drive to work now) and appreciate the teamwork of everyone at KSFO morning show.
    BTW, my wife is using your book, Eco-Tyranny to help her explain the other side of Climate Change (hoax) to her students and really appreciates your writing ability.
    Finally, will miss your broadcasts from your mom and Marv’s living room. You and Brad really rolled with those segments.

  24. Helen L says

    One of the many praying with and for you and your entire family during this season of transition, first being your mother’s heavenly promotion and second the physical challenges. 🙏 God bless.

  25. Rick Fernandez says

    Hey Brian! I’m so glad to hear from you. I *REALLY* miss you! You guys crack me up in the AM, during my morning commute. Brad, Katie and Sheri are doing an awesome job… but not the same without you.
    Take care of yourself Bro. Get some rest.
    Love you man.

  26. Daniel Silverman says

    I have been worried. Had a heart attack myself over a year ago.
    Yup getting old sucks.
    Glad to hear you are ok, sort of, and getting the rest you need.
    Your Brother and Dan are holding down the fort until your return!
    I will keep listening to Katie, and everyone.
    Now hanging up on myself! Daniel

  27. Joe Dozi says

    I miss you and I was really concerned about your absence. Happy you are “OK” and cannot wait till December 2nd , to welcome you back to work : )
    hang up on myself!!

    • Brian Sussman says

      It’s been a wild ride, Joe.
      I’ll share the details in time. Thankful that everything is NOT life threatening.
      Brian

  28. Bob Lalanne says

    Brian, my third generation SF tough Italian mom recently passed . Hit me emotionally and physically much harder than I could imagine. Ended up weeks later in my doctor’s office. Take time and care to mourn, get your strength back. The umbilical cord when cut is stressful. Both at birth and then again when mom leaves earth.

    • Brian Sussman says

      It’s true Bob.
      Losing the second parent really it took the rug out from under me.
      Thanks for checking in.
      Brian

  29. Alex says

    Take care of yourself bud. I listen every morning from 5 to about 7ish. Be thankful for the time you had your parents. I lost my Dad to cancer when I was 21. My mother was still here until I was 38. Im 42 now. I thought losing my dad so early I would be prepared for when my Mom left….but I wasnt. Hit me like a ton of bricks. You are totally right about the feeling you get when BOTH parents are gone. Very lonely, even though Im anything but lonely.

    Hope to hear you on the airwaves again soon.

    Alex

  30. Susan Whent says

    Brian, thank you for the update, I have been waiting to hear and have been concerned. I have listened to you and the gang for years while getting ready for work and on the way to. You used to at 7:30? take a break and play your wild unwinding dancing music. (wish I could remember the song/tune, I’m thinking you will). I would not leave the house until that segment was over. When you come back I wish you would bring that back, it would be good for you, Katie, Sheri and all of us. Take care and looking so forward to your return. Now I’m hanging up on myself.

  31. Jim Wiley says

    Sorry that you are not feeling well. To tell you the truth I have not been a fan of yours. If I am not mistaken Lee Rodgers did not retire. He was let go without a chance to say good-by to his listeners. You must have known about it before he did as you slipped in like a thief in the night and were ready to broadcast the very next morning. I listened to you tell the listeners that Lee had been broadcasting from his home in Arizona. I very seldom tune you in now. When I do I find that you feel the need to constantly say how well the show is doing and how good your team is. You are the best thing that has happened to Armstrong and Getty.

    • Brian Sussman says

      Jim,
      I never got into radio to have fans, I did it because I believed it was a Divine calling.
      In 2001 I was hired by KSFO to someday become Lee’s replacement (I was a permanent Monday host on The Morning Show beginning in 2002). In 2009 his health took a turn and I filled-in on his show 5-days a week for many weeks before he finally left the airwaves. Yes, Lee was broadcasting from Arizona (for almost ten years).
      And yes, Morning Show ended up doing VERY well. When I took over the ratings slipped, but then about 7 years ago they began rising and rising. The Morning Show is the most “streamed” local show (non-syndicated) in the country. In the Bay Area it is constantly in the top 6 to 10 stations each morning, whereas A&G is in the top 30 (last count 28).
      Wishing you well,
      Brian

  32. Norman says

    Do what you gotta do. I am one of the old school talk-radio fans. Eason, Wattenburg, etc. I believe you and Benner clicked perfectly and was sorry to see him go. Take care of yourself. My wife and I would welcome your return to the morning show.

  33. Mary says

    Hi Brian
    I pray you are doing well. I miss you on
    The morning show… your brother is
    So much like you and is a joy to listen to, too!
    My prayers are with you!! I am
    Looking forward to your healthy return to the
    Show. May God bless you and your family.
    Mary
    You and Katie brighten my day…. as does
    Brother Brad !!

  34. Jerry Tomaszak says

    Hey Brian, I’m very pleased to hear you are doing better, but you know, Brad is funnier and better looking, so…

  35. hank freitas says

    About time you got canned. We now have a little less “Hate” radio in the Bay Area. Good riddence to bad rubbish.

    • Brian Sussman says

      You’re certainly welcome to your option, Hank.
      I’m truly sorry you perceived me as a hateful person.
      Hoping we can meet someday. Meantime, I am hoping you will continue reviewing my media content.
      Kindest regards,
      Brian

  36. Tom Guerrero says

    I’ve been a long-time listener of KFSO back in the Lee Rodgers era until just recently. The transition from Rodgers to you was seamless, because you were also part of that format. You, Sherri, Katie and your brother Brad are certainly missed by both local and internet audiences. Unlike Hank, I feel your news and commentary were extremely fair and supported. “Hate” would be the last word I would use to describe you.

    Stay well, Brian. Maybe you and your crew should do a reunion week. I’m sure the ratings will be off the charts.

    Sincerely,
    Tom Guerrero

    • Brian Sussman says

      Thank you for the kind words, Tom.

      The transition in 2010 from Lee to me was seamless because I was such a fan of his and regarded him as a mentor. We made a lot of changes after Lee left the show because Sheri advised me: “You can’t be Lee, you can only be Brian.” Indeed, my evening show at KSFO had been very successful and I needed to trust in the talents God uniquely gave me. The result was, eventually, a mega-successful morning show.

      In 2019 it became apparent the demands of the morning show were really taking a toll on me just as they did for Lee (particularly beginning work at 3AM; plus I’m very hard on myself and can only operate at one level–fast and as perfect as possible). The company and I tried to find a happy medium for me to continue into 2020, but we couldn’t come upon any substantial compromise. Then, in October 2019, I was beset with a serious health condition that my doctors felt was directly related to my crazy work schedule. As a result I was forced to quit.

      Thankfully, I’m doing much better health-wise and have never looked back.

      Thanks again for the very kind words.

      Brian

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