Faits d'armesMusic in his blood
Michael Godin has been involved in music and broadcasting in Canada since 1969. When he was 16 years old, he had a high school radio station and even interviewed John Lennon during his Bed-In for Peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. Michael was music director and disc jockey with CFQR, CFCF, CJFM – all in Montreal; and CFOM in Quebec City. His voiceover work includes being the voice for two Mattel Toys television commercials, the “He-Man Power Sword” and the “Skeletor Skull Staff”, which ran for two years in the United States. He joined A&M Records Canada in Toronto in the fall of 1975, as Director of Artist and Repertoire. Later he became Vice-President Artist & Repertoire. One of the highlights of his career at A&M and is the signing and development of mega star, Bryan Adams. Michael also worked with Lance Freed, President of Rondor Music International, the music publishing division of A&M Records and son of Rock & Roll pioneer Disc Jockey, Alan Freed.
In 1986, he moved to Vancouver on the West Coast of Canada and started Michael Godin Management Inc., a full service artist management group, a music publishing company (West Broadway Music and East Broadway Music) and a consulting company. One of his clients was the multi-award winning recording artist and songwriter, Paul Janz.
As a management consultant, Michael provides a variety of services to broadcasters, media and arts companies, individual recording artists, and managers. Michael represents Canadian pioneer disc jockey Red Robinson, one of the seven original DJs in North America to play rhythm and blues and rock & roll music on radio, Red has been recognized by many organizations including the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and more.
From 1986 to 1993, Michael was a National Director of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the organization presents the annual Juno Awards, Canada’s network televised music award show which recognizes excellence in recording achievement. He was also Chairman of the Board of the B.C. Chapter of CARAS, which for ten years staged the annual West Coast Music Awards. At the end of his tenure, he was presented with his own Juno Award for outstanding service to the Academy. In 1998, on behalf of CARAS, Michael hosted an Internet first, the live online video presentation of the Juno Awards Backstage and conducted interviews with many of the winners.
From 1993 to 2005, Michael also managed the Western Canada operations of NABS, the National Advertising Benevolent Society, a non-profit charitable organization which helps people from the advertising, marketing and media community across Canada who have encountered illness, injury, unemployment, or financial difficulties, and raised hundreds of thousand of dollars for the charity.
1997 heralded Michael’s return to on-air broadcasting when he launched Treasure Island Oldies as its producer and host, Treasure Island Oldies is a pioneering show and one of the world's longest running weekly radio shows on the Internet.
The 2006 BCAB Convention, its 59th annual, took place in Victoria, B.C. this past week. At the President's Gala Dinner on Friday evening, May 12, 2006, the Awards of Excellence were presented. Categories ranged from Community Services Radio/Television, Best Creative Radio/Television, to Excellence in News Reporting Radio/Television, plus Broadcast Performer of Tomorrow, Broadcast Performer of the Year Radio/Television, Broadcaster of the Year and Friend of the Industry.
Michael Godin was named Friend of the Industry, recognizing him for his nearly thirteen years as the General Manager of the National Advertising Benevolent Society's NABS West Chapter in Vancouver, and acknowledging his lifelong career in the media and music industries.
A very surprised and flabberghasted Michael commented, "I am honoured and humbled to be considered, let alone recognized, for this prestigious award. We are all very fortunate to be in this industry, and we all give back to it in our own way. I am just very pleased to have been able to help our peers in their time of need throughout my years with NABS."
Michael is the creator and host of Treasure Island Oldies; since 1997, it is one of the longest running radio shows in the world on the Internet.
Complete list of Awards of Excellence winners:
• Humanity Award BC Persons With AIDS Society - Vancouver
• Community Services/Radio 100.3 The Q - Victoria
• Community Services/Television Global Television - Vancouver
• Best Creative/Radio CHBE-FM - Victoria
• Best Creative/Television Citytv - Vancouver
• Station Promotion/Radio Z95.3 - Vancouver
• Station Promotion/Television Citytv - Vancouver
• Special Programming/Radio 100.3 The Q - Victoria
• Special Programming/Television CH Television - Victoria
• Excellence In News Reporting/Radio CKNW AM980 - Vancouver
• Excellence In News Reporting/Television CHBC Television - Kelowna
• Broadcast Performer of the Year Kit Carson The Beat 94.5 FM
• Broadcast Performer of the Year/Radio Larry & Willy 96.9 JACK-FM
• Broadcast Performer of the Year/Television Hudson Mack A Channel
• Friend of the Industry Michael Godin Treasure Island Oldies - Vancouver
• Broadcaster of the Year Ed Bain CH Television & 100.3 The Q - Victoria