Mannies began his broadcasting career at WARU in Peru at the age of 15. As a freshman at Ball State, he was hired by Muncie radio station WLBC and became the "Voice of the Cardinals" for basketball and football for 51 years.
In addition to more than 2,500 Ball State broadcasts, he has announced at least 2,500 high school basketball and football games as well as 51 consecutive Indiana High School State Basketball finals.
His broadcasting career is filled with awards, including being named the Indiana Sportscaster of the Year by the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association in 1985, 1989 and 1992. He's been selected three times as Mid-American Conference Sportscaster of the Year.
He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. And he received the Meridian Insurance Silver Medallion Award for his contributions to Indiana basketball. Mannies is also a member of the Delaware County, Ball State University, Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Associations and Mid-American Halls of Fame.
A Ball State alumnus, Mannies earned his bachelor's degree in speech and English in 1960 and then a master's degree in speech education in 1964. He taught speech and English at Muncie Central High School from 1960-68, and then was an assistant professor of speech and director of speech education at Ball State from 1968-75. He received the Beneficence Award from Ball State in 1981.
In 1996, Mannies received the Indiana Journalism Award from Ball State's journalism department. Moreover, in 2005, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Ball State.
In addition to his academic career, Mannies joined Peckinpaugh Financial Group as an insurance executive in 1963 and has been with the firm for the past 44 years. He is a lifetime member of the million-dollar roundtable. In addition, in 1993, he was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by then Gov. Evan Bayh.