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Legendary Radio Host Marty Manning Announces Retirement


Marty Manning
Marty Manning

After an impressive 50-year radio career, radio host Marty Manning is laying down the microphone. He's been the "Man on the Street" for iHeartMedia's AC KESZ-FM (99.9 KEX)/Phoenix for over 30 years and has become an advocate for the local community. Manning hosted and produced the "Valley Views" public affairs program where he has done about 750 interviews with local organizations. His last day on air will be June 21.

Manning got his start in radio in 1969 at KCAC-AM (1010) voicing commercials and working as a part-time on-air host. His career has taken him from Arizona to Texas, California, Ohio and eventually back to Phoenix, Arizona in 1985 when he became the Creative Director for 99.9. In addition, Manning has hosted and participated in countless community events and programs including 99.9 KEZ's Excellence In Education program which he has piloted for 14 years recognizing Arizona's educators.

"Marty's contributions over the years will benefit 99.9 KEZ and the community for many years to come. Marty's talent, devotion and community focus have been exemplary," said Program Director Paul Kelley. "I want to thank Marty for all he's done for the development and progress of 99.9 KEZ over the years."

"Marty and I started at the radio station within 8 months of each other and have been friends and colleagues ever since," added morning host Beth McDonald. "It's hard to fathom coming in and not having him here, but his retirement is well deserved. He's one of the smartest and kindest people I know. I consider Marty to be the conscience of the radio station. He makes us want to be better. And I feel that I am just for having known him. I'll miss him."

"Marty Manning is a pro who has built his career here at KEZ and is among the best of the best. Always giving 100% of himself to the KEZ brand, audience and especially all the people he worked with inside and outside of the building. I also want to thank Marty for his commitment to giving back to our community over the years. I am sure we will see him continue those good works well into his retirement years." added iHeartMedia Phoenix President Linda Little.

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