Diamond Circle Award Winner
Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters' Past President Chuck Southcott presented the organization's Diamond Circle Award to long-time PPB member Michael Brockman at the January 23, 2015 luncheon honoring Rick Dees. Below are Mr. Southcott's remarks introducing Mr. Brockman:
Not unlike so many broadcasting legends, Michael Brockman’s career started in the mailroom - in this case, at ABC in New York. He was soon promoted to clerk in the Program Department of WABC Radio, working with (among others) Martin Block, Herb Oscar Anderson, Tony Marvin and Bob Eberle.
Michael then left to resume his education at Ithaca College, but also worked during summers at ABC as Night Program Manager, overseeing WABC Radio and Television plus the ABC Radio & TV Network as management during the off hours. In 1965 he joined the Production Department and by the next year was overseeing such shows as “Dark Shadows,” “One Life To Live” and a prime time special of “Arsenic and Old Lace” with Helen Hayes and Lillian Gish.
In 1970 he became ABC-TV’s Network Manager of Daytime and Children’s Programs including “All My Children” the award winning “Scholastic Rock” and after school specials.
Then as Vice President of Daytime Programs, Michael was involved in developing game shows such as “Family Feud” and “25,000 Dollar Pyramid” along with the serial “Ryan’s Hope.” In 1978 Michael migrated to NBC as V.P. of Daytime Programs, then on to Lorimar Productions as Vice President of First Run Syndication.
In 1982 CBS lured Michael away to become V.P. of Daytime Children’s, and then added Late Night Programs in 1985. Shows featuring his touch included “The Bold And The Beautiful,” The Muppet Babies” and “Peewee’s Playhouse.”
Finally, in 1989 he returned to ABC as President of Daytime Children’s and Late Night Programs, becoming the first to serve in this capacity at all three major networks -- one of them twice! Most recently, Michael joined Mark Goodson Productions as Vice President, then went into independent productions, partnering with Bob Noah in game show development.
Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters is proud to bestow the Diamond Circle Award on our friend, member and more-than-incalculable supporter…Michael Brockman!
Michael Brockman accepted the award from Chuck Southcott