About the 2019 HOF Honorees

2019 Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame Inductees

Loy Engelhardt

Loy Engelhardt has been in radio for 53 years and over the past 41 years has become the “Voice of the Winslow Dawg’s” on Winslow’s radio station KINO.  His play by play has brought the action to life for his listeners whether they are watching the game in person or listening at home. He is  owner and general manager of the station, but his role goes far beyond that. Through the decades, Winslow has lost its local newspaper and daily circular; however, Loy has remained dedicated to providing Winslow and the surrounding community with multiple local newscasts daily as well as delivering the play by play of more than 100 local high school games annually. KINO has employed more than 200 Winslow High School graduates many of whom Loy remains in contact with today.

Despite a heart attack and stroke, Loy does not know what an eight hour day is let alone a forty hour week. Loy continues to wear numerous hats as a small business owner and broadcaster. Radio today may not be as hectic as it once was thanks to computers and automation, but Loy stays busy as KINO’s only full time employee. Why does he keep up the pace at 77 years of age? He would say it is because the merchants and listeners in Winslow and the surrounding community that have afforded him his dream job! We can’t wait to induct Loy Engelhardt into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame this September!

Marty Manning

The year 2019 marks Marty Manning’s 50th year working in radio. The past 34 years have been with KESZ (99.9 KEZ) in Phoenix. Manning got his start in radio in 1969 at KCAC 1010-AM 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 in 1985 when he became the Creative Director for KESZ.

Manning has been the “Man on the Street” for 99.9 for over 30 years and has become an advocate for the local community. His voice is easily one of the most recognizable in the Valley, and not just because he’s done the same thing over his tenure. Manning has also hosted and produced the Valley Views public affairs program where he has done hundreds of interviews with local organizations. He’s also 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.

After an impressive 50-year radio career, Marty Manning retires on June 21, 2019 — but Arizona broadcasters won’t let him walk away from a phenomenal career until he can be inducted into the Hall of Fame in September.

Ernesto Portillo

During his tenure of nearly 50 years in Tucson broadcasting, Ernesto Portillo was by far the leading Spanish language personality in the market, appearing not only on the radio, but also on a myriad of TV programs. He started his radio career at just 17 in Juarez, Chihuahua in 1951 and came to Tucson in 1953 at KEVT. During his stint at KEVT he became an advertising salesman as well as an announcer. In 1964, he went to the newly licensed KXEW Spanish language station as Sales Manager. Soon after he was named Station Manager. KXEW-AM/FM was dominant among Spanish language listeners in Southern Arizona. They were popular not just for the excellent programming, but because of their total commitment to and involvement in the community.

Portillo’s name is synonymous with community service and he has been honored numerous times by non-profit organizations for his tireless work on their behalf. Broadcasters serve the public interest as much as they maintain a private business, and Ernesto Portillo is the perfect example of that. One of his favorite causes is the La Frontera Mental Health Center where he was an active leader and board member. He was also very active with the YMCA and instrumental in starting Kino Mission Tours for people to learn the history and culture of Sonora, Mexico. For all of these contributions and more, the ABA is thrilled to induct Ernesto Portillo into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame this September.