Written by John H. Meyer Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00
Fox News early morning TV show co-host, of Fox & Friends, Massapequa’s Brian Kilmeade, is in a limo to New York City before 3 a.m. weekdays, to report the news and interview the newsmakers from 6 to 9 a.m.
Brian has lived in Massapequa for all of his 45 years, except during a four-year stint in Los Angeles while serving as an anchor/host on KHSC-TV in Ontario, CA. He also co-hosted The Jim Brown Show on XTRA-AM, an all-sports radio network.
When Brian was growing up, his family lived on Pennsylvania Avenue, close to the downtown business district and close also to my home. During his high school days, he decided to look for an after-school and summer job. He stopped into the Seinfeld sign shop at the corner of Broadway and New York Avenue. He was lucky. Kal (Jerry’s dad) was there that day. Brian asked for a job. Kal asked, “What can you do?” Brian’s answer was, “I’ll do anything.” During high school, Brian made lasting friends with many residents like the Baldwin brothers. Brian was in the Massapequa High School class of 1982. He never gave a thought to moving out of Massapequa.
At one time, his ambition was to be a stand-up comedian. A good friend of his brother managed Manhattan’s Gotham Comedy Club. He did seven years of stand-up comedy at different clubs. Later, he chose radio, TV and sports to be his forte. Presently, along with his Fox & Friends TV show, he is the host of the syndicated Brian and the Judge radio program, heard on 83 stations around the country on 168XM Sirius radio.
Brian said he loves his job. The hardest part is the early morning rise but that has its good points. “I take the early train home and have plenty of time to coach my 13-year-old son’s basketball team, and my two girls’ soccer teams.” Kilmeade is an active cog in the Massapequa Soccer Club. He was very interested when I told him that the John J. Burns Park, where they play many of their games, was once part of the Fort Neck farm owned by the Floyd-Jones family, founders of the Massapequa’s. I asked if he thinks soccer will catch on in this country, like in other parts of the world. His answer was that when our teams compete in World Cup competition and the players go on to join our Major League soccer teams, soccer fans remember their names.
Brian said he doesn’t have a serious hobby. “Coaching and being with my wife, Dawn, of 15 years and my kids is my fun.” He said that they just returned from a long weekend in the Poconos which was very relaxing for all of them.
When Brian came back from his college days on the west coast, he sent in his tape to FOX. That was 1997. He was asked to start the next day. Much like when he asked Kal Seinfeld for the job at the sign shop. That’s when he said to himself, “This is my hometown and I’ve planted my roots here for good.”
Fox & Friends team includes Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian. There’s a lot of talking between the news and breaking news, which follows Brian’s style of reporting, unscripted and unrehearsed. Brian said, “We play off each other and move the show along that way.” And, that’s what’s helping to make Fox & Friends television’s number one morning news show in the country.
“News programs are manned with many reporters, writers and wire services,” said Kilmeade. “However, the Fox & Friends show team, like myself, is always on the lookout for news that other media groups may or may not feel is important to our audience.”
Brian said one of his proudest sports events was when President George W. Bush invited Tim McCarver, the popular sportscaster, and Brian to do play-by-play for the president’s T-ball games for kids played on the White House lawn. He said that Dawn and himself, with their children, had some free time to spend with the president and tour the White House to try to relive America’s history.
With all of the many things Brian has done in his young life, he decided to write a book. He ended up writing two: The Games Do Count and It’s How You Play the Game. I asked if he plans to write another book, his answer was, “Not any time soon, but things have a way of changing in life. Mine did.”