Manuel “J-Blaze” Garcia is one half of NGEN Radio’s morning show Mack & Manny in the Morning. With his co-host Ayana Mack, they bring a freshness to the Houston airwaves, reaching close to 6 million people.
Born into a musical family, Garcia spent most of his time as a youth playing instruments in his local church. Driven by his desire and aspiration to have a career in music, he joined a local rap group, performing at numerous local events. Even after being diagnosed with kidney failure in 2004, he would not let the illness dictate his life. He interned at two gospel radio stations in Miami, WMBM 1490 AM & WMCA 89.7 FM. Fueled by his new found love and passion for radio, he decided to study communications: “I believe God wanted me in radio and He did just that.” explains Garcia. With this love for radio, and his friend, DJ Tony Chiva, Garcia created the Friday Night Fuego (FNF) mix-tape radio show and distributed the mix-tape radio show for two years. The response to the mix-tape radio show was tremendous and in early 2006, he received an offer to have his own radio show on La Nueva 88.3FM, Miami’s #1 Gospel radio station. Garcia changed the name of Friday Night Fuego to FNFLive to appeal to a wider audience as well as form the name into a multi-platform brand via internet (FNFLive.com) and television (Fuego TV).