Kevin Manno at the 2011 MTV VMA'S
June 29, 1983 |
|Occupation||Television & Radio Host|
Kevin Matthew Manno (born June 29, 1983) is an American television and radio host. He began his career with Q101 in Chicago before moving to New York City to host The Seven on MTV. Kevin is currently living in Los Angeles where he works as a host on the syndicated morning radio show Valentine In The Morning.
Kevin Manno was born in Highland, Indiana as the second of two children to Garry & Joanne Manno. He and his brother Ryan both knew at early ages that they wanted to pursue careers in broadcasting and attended North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. After graduating, both brothers moved onto Chicago's alternative rock radio station, Q101. After spending a few years working at MTV in New York City, Kevin made his way to Los Angeles to host the Lifetime show Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and work as a DJ at 104.3 MYFM.
Chicago radio and television
Having started at Q101 as an intern in 2002, Kevin moved through several jobs at the station before landing on the air in 2005. In 2007 he was paired up with his brother to create The Manno Program. In addition to their work on the air, they created a great deal of video content for the internet, which is eventually what got Kevin discovered by MTV.
In the winter of that same year, Ryan and Kevin Manno began working as correspondents on Chicago's longest running music-based television show, JBTV.
MTV's The Seven
After the cancellation of the long-running TRL and the short-lived It's On with Alexa Chung, MTV created a new daily show called The Seven. When it premiered in September 2010, Kevin Manno and Julie Alexandria were tapped as the hosts of the program. It was a live, 30-minute pop culture news show targeted to teenage audiences. On the show's premiere episode, in studio guests included Drake, the cast of The Social Network, and a jailhouse call from Lil Wayne.
In February 2011, the show saw the departure of Julie Alexandria and took on a new identity as a single-host show with Kevin assuming a much more personable role. While changes like this as well as a much larger studio and the addition of more live musical performances made a slight increase in the ratings, MTV decided to cancel The Seven after 9 months on the air.
- Interview with Hayden Panettiere
- Interview with Nick Jonas
- Interview with Bam Margera
- Interview with Nina Dobrev
- Interview with Selena Gomez
- Surprise for Justin Bieber
Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition
In October of 2012, Lifetime premiered Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. The show, a spin-off of Dance Moms, features Kevin as the host alongside Abby Lee Miller, Robin Antin and Richy Jackson as judges.
In April of 2013, Kevin permanently relocated to Los Angeles to begin filming the second season of the show. Kevin, Abby & Richy have all returned, while Broadway veteran Rachelle Rak has taken over as the third judge.