Jeff loves working through the night, making the machines purr, keeping WNKU on the air, traveling around the world, climbing towers, serving desserts at Hosea House every month, and spreading love around the planet!
Chuck Miller marked 30 years in broadcasting by joining WNKU in December of 2007. A Chicago native, he carries influences in progressive radio. 60’s AM's all stars became a daily treat. FM stations like "The Fox," "Triad," all jazz WSDM, and WXRT (German until 3 p.m. when Miller discovered them) offered a musical depth ranging from A to Z. Even his dad's favorite, classical WFMT, left a mark.
A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Miller started his career at WSIU-FM rising through the ranks to student manager. Two weeks after graduation, Miller worked in production at KHCC in Hutchinson, Kansas - "State of the art 1981, lots of jazz and bluegrass, and a good place to cut one's teeth."
Miller jumped to KWGS, Tulsa producing a weekly jazz, classical and singer/songwriter concerts and supervised the jazz programming. An opportunity to work in Vienna, Austria found Miller hosting morning and midday pop (yikes!) shows in English, leading to a full-time evening news magazine production role. He also joined the Vienna and Saalfelden Jazz festivals and free-lanced as a local production manager for numerous concert and TV productions or tours. He held the role of production manager role for the jazz festivals for 26 years.
Stateside in the late 80's led to work as the morning and production guy on early AAA adaptor KDHX St. Louis, followed by a stint as program director (PD) of WGLT in Central Illinois. "We moved it from smooth jazz to a soulful beat and personality." Miller followed this with a break for a Master's degree in Mass Communication Theory.
WRTI in Philadelphia offered Miller a PD job in 1997 forging a new daytime classical / evening jazz sound and producing live jazz broadcasts. His first management job was with the Georgia Public Radio (GPR) network in 2002. Solving a budget deficit, drafting a unique evening music show, and writing a statewide hurricane plan for the Atlanta based GPR helped prepare Miller for an unwelcome greeting.
Miller arrived at New Orleans’ WWNO six weeks before Katrina struck. “It's a good thing we left or we would have been shipped all over the country." Back in Atlanta, he led the stations' recovery as GPR agreed to host WWNO offering a satellite delivered service back to New Orleans. Four of the evacuated staff remained in Atlanta four months.
Miller thinks he enjoys working at home repair and gardening though he grumbles to Denise about those tasks. An avid music fan, his library ranges from Lenny Bruce to Beethoven's Ninth. Miller is the “father” of a 1957 Chevy convertible enjoying “land boating.” Stuck in technology he refuses to give up a Nikon F3 or his 35mm slide film.
"Public radio has been very good to me. WNKU and NKU is a perfect match: a great radio station and a progressive university. All of us at WNKU owe our administrators a debt of gratitude for allowing us to grow into what we are today."
Although he likes to remind his co-workers that he is the youngest member of the full time staff, Aaron has the distinction of actually being the old guy at WNKU just because he’s been there forever. He first volunteered with WNKU as a student in Northern Kentucky University’s Radio/Television program in 1998. His first “job” was soliciting food from area restaurants for the fund drive. And although he always just wanted to be a rock ‘n roll DJ, the station manager at the time took note of Aaron’s ability to ask for things and get them and thus offered him a paying job in Development.
Aaron has been with WNKU ever since but has always maintained a 2nd job and sometimes a 3rd, 4th and 5th job, just to keep things interesting.
During baseball season, Aaron gets to fulfill the dream of being a DJ by doing just that for the Cincinnati Reds. If ever you’re pleasantly surprised to hear Phish or a local band or some artist you typically only hear on WNKU over the PA at the ball park, you now know why.
Over the years, Aaron has also worked dozens of freelance gigs in broadcast television, mostly as an audio engineer or assistant. He’s worked on productions of everything from high school basketball tournaments to a TBS reality show to Super Bowl XLVI. Just don't tell Chuck Miller that he's an "audio guy."
When things slow down, Aaron will pick up a little work here and there as a voice actor, voicing anything from corporate training videos to national TV and radio spots. Aaron has even had the privilege of filling in as the public address announcer for the Cincinnati Reds when needed.
Despite it all, WNKU remains closest to Aaron’s heart. And while they still won’t let him on the air except to ask for money, he thinks it’s pretty cool that he gets to work with real rock ‘n roll DJ’s.
Valerie started her career in the music industry in Northern KY working for Electric Factory Concerts before becoming a part of the team that opened Riverbend Music Center. Valerie moved to Philadelphia to re-join Electric Factory Concerts, spent 13 years at Temple University as an Associate Athletic Director before landing at World Café Live – the live music venue named after the syndicated radio show – “World Café with David Dye”. Valerie moved back to the Northern KY area to be closer to family and joined the team at WNKU in May of 2010.
Steve has been a public radio news reporter in the Cincinnati area for three decades. He began with WGUC, then WVXU, and in 2005, came to WNKU. Steve covers breaking news, writes WNKU’s local afternoon newscasts and produces feature-length interviews and other feature stories that are heard each weekday. Steve also serves as WNKU’s News Assignment Editor. Steve has written and produced news stories and features for National Public Radio, the worldwide broadcasts of Voice of America, Ohio Public Radio, and Monitor Radio.
Prior to WNKU, Gary Keegan worked at Warm 98, WNOP, and WYGY 96.5 in Cincinnati, as well as stations in Indiana and Florida. He taught for 21 years at the Ohio Center for Broadcasting. Keegan is also a United States Marine who did two tours in Vietnam. His drill instructor was Lee Ermey – the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket and now the Geico commercials. No, really. His drill instructor, quite literally, was Lee Ermey. Keegan is also married with two grown children. He’s a native of Covington, KY and currently resides in Anderson, OH.
Cheri is a broadcast producer, anchor, reporter, announcer and talk show host with over 25 years of experience. For three years, she was the local host of Morning Edition on WMUB-FM at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Cheri produced and hosted local talk shows and news stories for the station for nine years. Prior to that, she produced and co-hosted a local talk show on WVXU, Cincinnati for nearly 15 years. Cheri has won numerous awards from the Public Radio News Directors Association, the Ohio and Kentucky Associated Press, and both the Cincinnati and Ohio chapters of the Society for Professional Journalists.