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 hosts the Lifetime show Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition,
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 now defunct alternative rock radio station, Q101. Kevin relocated to New York City in 2010 for a job with MTV. In 2011, he was married and moved back to Chicago. In 2012, he and his wife separated and were divorced shortly thereafter. In conjunction with filming season 2 of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, Kevin moved to Los Angeles full-time in 2013.
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.
- Interview with Kiefer Sutherland
- Interview with Alkaline Trio
- Interview with Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem
- Interview with Tim McIlrath of Rise Against
- Interview with Nick Hexum of 311
- Interview with Travis Barker and DJ AM
- Interview / fight with Ludo
- Sad Mustache
- Gag Reel
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 Marissa Miller
- Interview with Nina Dobrev
- Interview with Tom Welling
- Interview with Selena Gomez
- Interview with Darren Criss
- Making cupcakes with Tika Sumpter
- Surprise for Justin Bieber
- Scavenger Hunt with Damon Wayans Jr.
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. It is set to premiere in June of 2013 on Lifetime.