Born and raised in Baltimore, Doc Manning received an educational background in Jazz & Big Band from his mother. Doc’s knowledge of Blues initially came from his father who sang Blues while shaving. Doc spent time with his father listening to the live music at Carr’s Beach, the segregated area of the Annapolis beach communities. His memories of those late 50’s and 60’s summer concerts featuring R&B greats Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Dinah Washington were a huge influence to the youngster who would eventually go on to study Political Science at Coppin State University.
During his time in combat with the 173rd Airborne Brigade United States Army, music continued to influence his life. He recalls listening to blues and rock sounds of Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Muddy Waters, and The Beatles during the tour.
His Monday night program, In the Tradition, pays homage to all the influential music he grew up with as well as current musicians. A key part of his program is also sharing the music of Baltimore’s own current talent with his listening audience. On-air interviews and conversation with guest Artists create an environment with the qualities of a living room setting. The show’s title is a nod to Amiri Baraka’s poem entitled “In the Tradition”.
Look at your past, arrive at the present, and project the possibilities of the future.