About Marino and Manning:
Beloved market jock and world-class morning talent, Rick Marino, provides a friendly and familiar voice in morning drive as the co-host of the Marino & Manning Mornings (Weekdays 5-10 a.m.). Marino is a proven market-share performer and multiple-A.I.R. Awards recipient, who is sure to please. Marino has been a fixture on the Nashville air waves since 1994.
Born in Hollywood, California to a very musical family, Marino was destined for radio stardom...although not in the way he originally envisioned. His “long and winding road” in entertainment began as a musician, traveling from place to place as a keyboard player, singer/songwriter and vocalist. His path, guided by his passion for music and outgoing personality, took an unexpected turn to radio…and the rest, as they say, is history.
As a history lover, Marino couldn’t be more thrilled or humbled to work on a heritage station like 95.5-FM WSM. “It’s a dream come true,” say Marino and certainly, a far cry from Simi Valley. But when Marino is not ON-THE-AIR, he enjoys boating, reading American History (especially Civil War history) or listening to music, making Nashville a perfect fit for Rick Marino and his family.
Not only is Lisa Manning a radio dynamo, she’s an energetic P.T.O. mom that manages a showbiz career and a family life at home with a teen and a tween and makes it look easy.
Born into “the business” (her father, a former radio DJ, owned an ad agency in Washington DC), Manning started out cutting commercials at age 6. “My whole family is in the biz in some way,” she laughs. Manning’s mother, a successful actress, headed DC’s American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and her sister is now the voice of Pearl on “SpongeBob Square Pants” and the voice of Diane on “Family Guy.” The multi-talented Lisa, followed down her mother’s path in acting, as well as her dad's in radio, which also led to a board position at AFTRA.
Launching her nearly three-decade radio-career in college, Manning’s on-air personality was shaped by her experience in several markets, including Charlotte, Cleveland, Norfolk, back to DC, and finally settling here in Nashville.
Given her showbiz background, Nashville was a comfortable fit for Lisa. She did her share singing demos for Nashville’s top-tier songwriters, all the while absorbing all she could about the music business.
“I LOVE what I do and to be able to work with this incredible, legendary radio station, playing country music in Nashville is especially cool,” endears Manning.
These days, when Lisa isn’t in the studio, you’ll find her helping her 11 and 14-year olds with homework, carting them to and from dance and guitar lessons, attending PTO meetings or grilling out with the family…and, oh yeah, attending Tennessee Titans games. While Manning won’t ever relinquish her Washington Redskins jersey, she has embraced her home-town team, becoming a benevolent season-ticket holder of our boys in blue and white. G0, TITANS!!!! See you in the stands, Lisa!