LEGENDARY LAS VEGAS RADIO PERSONALITY
by Jerry Fink
Manning for years has had fans all over the nation (thanks to his streaming online radio shows) and now all over the world (thanks to the modern technology of MP3).
“A fan puts the show into the MP3 format and sends it out to stations all over the world,” says Manny, whose humble little oldies show airs in Vegas from 6 a.m to 10 a.m. Sundays.
Country Chuck takes request calls between those hours on radio station 102.7 (KCE the Coyote).
About the only caveat is that the oldie be at least 10 years old – and preferably not too goofy.
He’s been at the station about five years.
“And can you believe that some fans still call me and don’t realize I’ve moved?” he said.
Manny can be a bit testy at times, maybe even somewhat irascible with some folks who annoy him, but beneath the gruff persona and scruffy beard is a humble and friendly man who has paid his dues as he worked his way at radio stations around the country – deejaying formats ranging from classic rock to classic country and more.
When he isn’t playing country dejay on the radio he often can be found dejaying karaoke sessions around Vegas, so out-of-town fans who would like to see the legend in person can drop by a couple of locations and have fun harassing the native of Philadelphia (not known for its country music).
On Thursday nights Manny hosts karaoke from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Saddles and Spurs Bar located on the southeast corner of Jones and Smoke Ranch Road.
On Sunday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. he can be found at the Whiskey Creek Saloon located at 4741 E. Charleston (where free hamburgers and hot dogs are served).
Manny had his Vegas career begin in 1975, on KORK-AM station, adult contemporary and in 1977 he moved over to KRAM radio, a country station.
“And here I am, still doing country,” he said. “I think I may be the longest working live deejay in Las Vegas.”