(a.k.a. Bennett Gordon Schwarzmann
), (December 18, 1939) is an American talk radio
host, known for his mix of left-wing politics
and humor. He currently hosts a weekday radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio
channel "SIRIUS Left
146" and XM Radio's "America Left" Channel 167.
Bennett was born in San Francisco, California
and attended Drake High School
in San Anselmo, California. He adopted his on-air name as a tribute to his late father, Alexander Schwarzmann.
During the 1960s, Bennett worked at radio stations around the country, including KILT
in Houston Texas
, where he used the on-air moniker James Bond
and did his show using an English accent, and WLOL
in Minneapolis, Minnesota
before gaining major market attention in 1969 at WMCA
in New York. He initially started as a disk jockey
, later evolving into a talk show
host during the station's transition from its Top 40
"Good Guys" music format to the pioneering "Dial-Log" all-talk era. Bennett brought a progressive rock radio
sensibility to the teenage-oriented station, still playing album cuts of music as his talk show evolved, and openly discussing topics ranging from his love life to his participation in various countercultural
events, such as Consciousness III
, before giving his Yogic
" ("The God within me sees the God within you"). In 1969, Bennett flew to London to investigate the rumor......