by KELLEY GUSICH
photo by Soul of Photography

Looks Good, Sounds Good

Robert “Sully” Sullivan is a second generation San Diego local who’s been in Del Mar since 2006. In 1998, while CEO of a few investment banking firms, he was asked to guest on a radio program–KCEO–San Diego’s original business talk station. “A week later they asked me if I wanted to do my own morning show a couple days a week,” Sully recalled, “and three months later, Cliff Albert, the most important program director in the news/talk format this side of the Mississippi, called and offered me an opportunity at KSDS. In six months, I went from not being on the radio to being on afternoon drive in the eighth largest market – the luckiest radio career on the planet.”

At 11 a.m. on weekdays, Sully hosts a nationally syndicated television/radio program called “The Big Biz Show.” This show is experienced in sixty million television homes nationally, 175 countries and 150 radio stations nationwide. His on-air partner, Russ T. Nailz, and he have been doing the show almost seventeen years. Weekday afternoons he is the afternoon drive host on NEWSRADIO 600 KOGO from 3 to 7 p.m. The show is caller driven, topical, and pertaining to everything San Diego.

Besides being a voice and face of San Diego, Sully is also a wheel. For the past five years, he’s journeyed a 620-mile bike ride from San Francisco to San Diego. He rides to raise funds for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), an organization that helps people with physical challenges participate and compete in sports the rest of us take for granted. “I’m talking wounded veterans,” he confirmed. “I’m talking motorcycle accident victims. I’m talking about folks less fortunate than you or I and here is the most inspiring part: many of the folks I just described are riding with me! Yeah! 620 miles.” Sully continued, “Single amputees, double amputees, some racing in chairs, some with prosthetic limbs, heroes all. You get the idea.” He’s committed to raise $25,000 this year.

Robert “Sully” Sullivan has a list of accomplishments as long as the proverbial arm, but when asked about his greatest achievement, his answer is immediate. “Being the father of my 19 and 21-year-old daughters. I tried to raise them as boys right here in Carmel Valley and Del Mar. Their mom and I did a great job. They came out as two beautiful, unbelievable kids. We are very blessed.”

AT-A-GLANCE

Name: Robert “SULLY” Sullivan
Profession: On-Air Radio/Television Personality, Investment Banking Consultant, Investor, Managing Partner of JUMP TELEVISION STUDIOS, LLC
Community: Del Mar since 1998
Hobbies/Interests: Cycling for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (www.challengedathletes.org), Sully and The Blue-Eyed Soul band (www.sullyband.com; This is a group of Grammy winning and Tony nominated musicians who play its own unique brand of R & B at anywhere from The House of Blues to The San Diego Fair. They are playing The Summer Twilight concerts at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar), surfing, beach volleyball
Favorite Local Spots: Cucina Enoteca, Poseidon, Solace & The Moonlight Lounge, Las Olas, The Brig