Gorman Brown Memorial Page

Messages from members and friends sent to will be posted on this page.


Gorman K. Brown passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center-South in Sacramento. He was born June 26, 1920. "Brownie" was a founding engineer of KVIE Channel 6 and chief engineer at the station for many years.

Honors and Awards

Congressional Salute

KVIE Service Award

Messages from Members and Friends

Gorman was a unique guy in addition to being six feet two in height! I first met him in 1947 while working in Visalia at KING-AM, and he was repairing radios. He later joined a UHF TV station in Visalia-Tulare when TV started blooming.

Years later, I hired him to work for me at Channel 10 in Sacramento until Channel 6 was ready for a chief engineer. Channel 6 moved into our transmitter building and tower, south of El Dorado, and Gorman worked for KVIE until he retired 27 years later!

During WWII, Gorman was inducted and eventually went to radar school at UC Davis, getting such good grades, he claimed, that they made him an instructor! He loved to talk about stepper motors and selsyns plus other radar equipment during the many weekly lunches he and I enjoyed over the years.

We would discuss and sometimes argue about religion, which had become very important to him during the past six months. Surprisingly, he had a deep background in the Bible and belief in God as a teenager, but changed his mind in later years and became a very strong agnostic! I failed to convince him to believe in God while visiting at length at his bedside the day before he died.

For those who are old enough to remember Westbrook Van Voorhis and his 1940s The March of Time, he might have said in his now famous byline, "As death must come to everyone, death came last week to Gorman K. Brown, one of Sacramento's TV pioneers."

Rest in peace, Brownie, rest in peace.

— Peter K. Onnigian

I first met Gorman, "Brownie" as I was told everyone called him, in October of 1980 when I started work at KVIE as the Engineering Manager. The stories everyone told about Gorman were always of a dedicated, loyal, ingenious, and knowledgeable TV broadcast engineer.

Brownie always had a wit that would keep you laughing when the stress of the job was getting you down. He was a mentor and leader. If you needed help with any transmission related issue, he was the source of help.

Gorman was with KVIE for over 28 years. He is still KVIE's longest term full-time employee. Last October, KVIE recognized my 25 years of service, but a point was made, with Gorman in attendance, that he still holds the record and has never been forgotten by staff. A plaque has been made and is proudly posted in KVIE's hall for all 25 year employees, and Gorman's name is at the top.

Gorman will be remembered in the annals of KVIE history as a pioneer for public TV.

I last had lunch with Brownie a little over a month ago. We both shared our engineering experiences at KVIE: his with putting a new TV station on-air and the difficulties maintaining used, donated equipment; and mine of transitioning to digital broadcasting.

I will remember Brownie as a mentor, colleague, and good friend. KVIE will remember him as the broadcast engineer who helped bring public TV to the Sacramento region.

— Michael Wall