Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters' Past President Chuck Southcott presented the organization's Diamond Circle Award to PPB Vice President Bianca Pino at the November 13, 2015 luncheon honoring Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards. Below are Mr. Southcott's remarks introducing Ms. Pino:
Today’s honoree, PPB’s Vice President Bianca Pino, was graduated from San Francisco State with a degree in radio, television and film. Her first job was at CBS affiliate KPIX in the traffic department. She did well until becoming a bit “burned out” and transferred into production where she scheduled the studios, directors and worked on shows.
Five years later Bianca moved to Los Angeles and went to work for Ralph Edwards on “This is Your Life” - a job intended to last 13 weeks, but she stayed over ten years. During that time, Bianca worked on “Name That Tune” (with our own John Harlan) for seven years - becoming co-producer. Then came five years on “Cross Wits” and lots of program development. She went on to oversee production on “Solid Gold” at Paramount and produced an NBC daytime show - “Fantasy.”
Then on to freelancing, which she didn’t care for. Well that brought her right back to Ralph Edwards Productions. Then came the job of Senior Vice President for King World Productions and later - yet again - a return to Ralph Edwards Productions, including a five-year project to preserve the legacy and history of Ralph and the company, something she still consults on to this day.
Regarding her involvement with our organization, former President Chuck Street used the words “warm heart”, “wit” and “smart.” He noted her excellent attention to detail and 100% follow-thru..calling Bianca “a truly extraordinary person.”
Former President Sam Lovullo called her the backbone of PPB, noting her ability to coordinate and communicate to and with all those responsible for the continuing presence of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.
Former President Tom Hatten said that to him her best attribute is making efficiency look easy, a neat trick. He said: “We’re so lucky to have her and, to paraphrase Cole Porter from Kiss Me Kate, PPB would clearly give up coffee for Sanka, Bianca, for you.”
During the time John Harlan was President, PPB decided to get an online website and he knew that Bianca and her husband, Bob Bowker, had a company that created websites. In John’s words…”They got the bid.” About the same time, dear Sue Chadwick, who had done our Newsletter for so many years, was becoming ill. Bianca knew Sue from Ralph Edwards Productions and volunteered to help her, and now Bianca is editor of that bright, new publication.
When Kay Irwin wanted to cut back on work for the ticket committee, we asked Bianca to join the team. She is now committee chairman. “Bianca does it all, and with thoroughness and grace.”
The words of John Harlen say it for all us former Presidents, including our Chairmanof the Board, Jeanne DeVivier Brown.
Now it is my pleasure to present the Diamond Circle Award to Bianca Pino.
Bianca Pino accepts her award from Chuck Southcott