North Central College alumnus Kevin Manno is hosting a new show on MTV this fall.
Manno, who honed his radio and television skills at North Central’s award-winning radio station while majoring in broadcast communication, is set to host MTV’s new daily program “Live at 5” beginning Sept. 20. Manno is set to depart for New York from Chicago, where he has been an on-air personality at WKQX-FM, “Q101,” one of the top-rated stations in the Chicago market.
“Kevin's success is no surprise,” says John Madormo, assistant professor of broadcast communication at North Central and general manager of WONC-FM 89.1, North Central’s student-run radio station. “When he was at WONC, he was filled with boundless energy and had a passion for music and for his listeners. Since his graduation, Kevin has been a great representative of North Central by his willingness to speak to our broadcasting classes and inviting our students to Q101 for tours. His new opportunity with MTV is well-deserved.”
Manno, a native of Highland, Ind., and fellow 2005 North Central graduate Gordon Mays beat out several professional broadcasters to earn the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s 2004 Silver Dome Award for top broadcasting team. The pair hosted a program on WONC.
WONC has earned 20 National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Awards—the highest honor given in professional and college radio broadcasting—the most by any college radio station in the nation. In addition to Marconis and Silver Domes, North Central College student broadcasters also have been recognized for excellence by the National Association of College Broadcasters, College Media Advisors, the Collegiate Broadcasters Inc., and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Manno is among numerous North Central College radio and television alumni pursuing successful careers in broadcasting. Mays is an on-air personality at rock station WYSP-FM in Philadephia. Ryan Manno, a 2003 alumnus and Kevin’s brother, hosts a show on JBTV in Chicago after several years at WKQX where he hosted an evening show that aired before his younger brother’s.