Aaron Sharpe

Director of Development & Marketing

Aaron 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 DJ, the station manager at the time took note of Aaron’s ability to ask for things and thus offered him a paying job in Development in 1999. 

Aaron had to go outside of radio to fulfill his dream of being a DJ.  During baseball season, he spends his evenings and weekends as the DJ for the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

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. 

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.


8:53 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Bunbury Music Festival Announces Daily Lineup

The Bunbury Music Festival has announced the daily lineup for this year’s festival! Check it out!

Thanks to our friends at Cincymusic.com for the band profiles...

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5:39 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Wilco Cancels Indianapolis Show

It seems Wilco is taking a stand against the recent legislation passed in Indiana.  The following announcement was posted to their website and social media:

This is the only cancelation of the tour and is specifically in response to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  The concert scheduled for May 5th at the Taft Theater in Cincinnati will go on as planned.

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11:18 am
Mon March 30, 2015

WNKU Presents 10th Annual Tunes & Blooms

Honey & Houston perform with The Tillers on April 2

It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since we first partnered with the Cincinnati Zoo to bring you Tunes & Blooms.  What started out as a one-time concert in the cold rain before a crowd of about 100 people, now regularly draws close to 5000 people every week.  It really is the place to be every Thursday night in April.  Tunes & Blooms features some of the best musical acts our region has to offer playing amongst the tulips of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Each week, the Zoo dispenses with the usual admission fee at 5pm allowing visitors to roam the animal exhibits for free before settling down to enjoy live music from 6p to 8p.  Bring a picnic or choose from the excellent food options available on site.  They even serve local craft beer at the Zoo.

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9:56 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Wilco Wants You to Support WNKU

WNKU Welcomes Wilco with special guest, Steve Gunn, to the Taft Theatre on Tuesday, May 5th as part of our 30th anniversary concert series, and we’ve just scored orchestra level tickets from the band!

The boys in Wilco heard we were a little short of our goal for the Spring Fund Drive and wanted to lend us a hand.  So, they've given us these orchestra level tickets to pass on to you as thanks for your contribution of $360 or more on a credit card to WNKU.

Donate $360 now and select "Premium Tickets to see Wilco" as your thank you gift, or call 1-855-897-1059.  But hurry. There are only a few pair of these tickets available and they'll go in a hurry.

Make your donation now!

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5:09 am
Mon March 16, 2015

One More Chance to Double Your Donation to WNKU

The Watson Twins say, "Call 1-855-897-1059 or give online at wnku.org to double your donation!"

We're so close to meeting our goal for the Spring Fund Drive! To help get us over the top, some good friends of WNKU are lending a hand in the form of a dollar for dollar match.  Dr. Stephen Billman of Cincinnati, The Levin Family Foundation of Dayton, and Tom and Karen Kruer-Zershusen have offered to donate an additional $4000 to WNKU if we can raise $4000 by 9am.  That means your donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $4000 by supporters throughout our listening area!  Talk about community support!  

Get in on this match by making your donation right now. Call 1-855-897-1059 or donate online.

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8:33 am
Sat March 14, 2015

With Your Help, We'll Win This in Overtime

We had hoped to end the Spring Fund Drive on Saturday, but we're still shy of our overall goal, and it's very important that we make it.   All it takes to get us there is you making your contribution right now if you've not done so already.  If you have, thank you!  If you've just not gotten around to it, the time is now. 

Don't put off great music any longer.  Be a part of making the music happen with your donation today.

Call 1-855-897-1059 or use our secure online donation form.  You can use the same form to view the great thank you gifts available for you to choose from when you support WNKU.

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5:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Give By 9am and the William Thie Foundation Will Double Your Donation

The Watson Twins say, "Call 1-855-897-1059 and double your donation to WNKU!"

If we can raise $5000 by 9am we will receive an additional $5000 from The Thie Foundation and be able to present the Friday Morning Request Show with no fundraising interruptions. 

Call 1-855-897-1059 or click here to give online.

The William Howard Thie Foundation is a major supporter of WNKU and other music arts organizations, such as The Blues Foundation.  Today, they are encouraging you to join them in support of WNKU by offering to match all gifts up to a total of $5,000.

If you've recently given, thank you.  If not, now is the best time to support great music with a donation to WNKU.  


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10:00 am
Mon March 9, 2015

It's New Member Monday!

Today only, you can become a sustaining member of WNKU for just $4 per month or a one time gift of $48, and we'll send you a CD as thanks!

All day today, we are going to do our best to convince YOU that it's time for you to become a member of WNKU.

Why?  Because it's the best thing you can do to ensure that the radio station you love and the music community you're a part of can survive and thrive.

Join today online or call 1-855-897-1059.

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30th Anniversary Thank You Gifts
3:03 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Celebrate 30 Years of WNKU with A Gift of Support

Your contribution during our spring fund drive will help ensure WNKU is here for 30 more years!

Become a Sustaining Member or make a one time gift  in support of WNKU today!

As a special incentive for your support during this drive, celebrated local artists, Keith Neltner and Chris Dye of Neltner Small Batch, have unveiled a limited edition collector's art print in celebration of WNKU's 30th anniversary.

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10:37 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Bunbury Lineup is Announced and We Have Tickets!

Anxious music fans and members of the media gathered last night at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout for the official announcement of this year's Bunbury Music Festival lineup. Headliners will include WNKU staples, The Black Keys and Avett Brothers.  Other WNKU core artists on the bill include The Decemberists, Old Crow Medicine Show, Walk the Moon, Father John Misty, Shakey Graves, and Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band.

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