Former Lightweight Boxing Champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini will debut ‘The Boom Boom Room’ on Feb. 19. Image courtesy of WKBN.
Former Lightweight Boxing Champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini is back in Youngstown and is set to host a weekly one-hour radio show on WKBN 570AM called “The Boom Boom Room.”
The debut of “The Boom Boom Room” is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19. The show will be simulcast throughout the United States on IHeart Radio-WKBN (available as a free download on ITunes).
Mancini will cover a wide range of topics from both the boxing world and the entertainment industry.
Guests slated to appear on the first show include actor Mickey Rourke and Youngstown native and actor Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family” and “Married…with Children.” Rourke and O’Neill are both very knowledgeable about boxing, and have a long history with the sport.
“They understand boxing inside and out,” said Mancini. “I’m really excited about having my two great friends on my first show.”
“It’s the first time that I’ve ever hosted a weekly radio show,” said Mancini. “Now that I’m back in town, WKBN was the perfect fit … I will be calling in my markers and using all my contacts to get guests from boxing and entertainment to be on my show. Director Peter Berg, comedian Garry Shandling, boxing greats Sugar Ray Leonard, Larry Holmes, Tommy Hearns, and Aaron Pryor will be on future shows. And I’ll have all the up-to-date boxing news from the very best reporters in the world including Steve “K9” Kim of boxingscene.com and ESPN’s Dan Rafael … ‘The Boom Boom Room’ is going to be a whole bunch of fun, and I feel the Youngstown area will love it!”
Recent Mancini projects have included the award-winning documentary “The Good Son: The Life of Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini” (Best Feature Film Shadow Box, 2012 Hampton’s International Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival) and the book “The Good Son: The life of Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini,” which was written by Mark Kriegel, afoxsports.com columnist. Kreigel is also the author of biographies of Joe Namath and “Pistol Pete” Maravich.
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